Lars Bender

Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen stumble to draw against Wolfsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen’s poor start to the Bundesliga season continued on Sunday, as they twice threw away a lead to draw 2-2 with Wolfsburg.

Dominant in the opening half an hour, Leverkusen finally broke the deadlock on 29 minutes. Lars Bender fired the ball in from close range to score his first goal since April 2016.

Leverkusen skipper Bender out of Spurs clash

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Berlin (AFP) Bayer Leverkusen will be without influential captain Lars Bender for Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Right-back Bender, who won a silver medal with Germany at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is out with a bruised heel from Saturday's 2-1 comeback win at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal

Arsenal to miss out on €30m long term midfield target?

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Arsenal to miss out on €30m long term midfield target? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal Lars Bender transfer saga takes a new twist: The Gunners could miss out on their long term target Lars Bender, as reports in Spain suggest, La Liga giants Barcelona have set their sight on signing him next summer.

Five top class holding midfield options for Arsenal in January

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Five top class holding midfield options for Arsenal in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Defensive/Holdingmidfield is one of the key areas where Arsenal need to invest in the January transfer window. Mikel Arteta has been an epitome of consistency since he arrived at the club in 2011, but at 32, he isapproaching the apogee of his career, and therefore Arsenal must find his long term replacement.

Transfer Talk: Who else should Arsenal sign this summer?

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Following the blockbuster signing of Alexis Sanchez, delighted supporters in North London have their eye on Arsenal transfer news as Arsene Wenger tries to complete more summer deals to get his side in contention for the Premier League title.

How Sami Khedira Would Fit In At Arsenal

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Since the end of May, Arsenal has been linked with a host of defensive midfielders to fill the void in the middle of the pitch for the north London club. The Gunners deployed Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini for much of the season last campaign (they also even used Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at times).

Arsenal plan mega £39.3m offer for German midfield duo

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Arsenal plan mega £39.3m offer for German midfield duo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are planning to prepare a raid on Germany players as they are targeting a double swoop for Sami Khedira and Lars Bender.

The Gunners completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, who was their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Arsenal close in on £19m long term target

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Arsenal close in on £19m long term target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have rekindled their interest in Germany midfielder Lars Bender, while the Gunners are closing in onright backMathieu Debuchy and Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez, as Arsene Wenger planning a triple signing of around £60m.

From Italy: Fiorentina set their sights on two Arsenal stars

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From Italy: Fiorentina set their sights on two Arsenal stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports in the reliable TMW, Serie A side Fiorentina have set their sights on two Arsenal players Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen in order to strengthen their squad in the summer.

Blow for Arsenal: £20m German midfielder shies away from move

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Blow for Arsenal: £20m German midfielder shies away from move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Long term Arsenal target and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has reportedly distanced himself from an impending switch to the Emirates according to an interview which has appeared in German national daily Bild.

Arsenal to offer £17m for German midfield maestro

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Arsenal to offer £17m for German midfield maestro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to various British media reports, Arsenal are set to offer Bayer Leverkusen£17m for the services German midfielder Lars Bender.

It is believed that Arsene Wenger is set to be offered a whopping £70m transfer budget this summerto reshape this Gunners' side which would challenge for the Premier League next season.

Arsenal set to return for Leverkusen midfielder in the summer

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Arsenal set to return for Leverkusen midfielder in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After failing with a£19m bid for Lars Bender last summer, Arsenal are set to make a fresh bid for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder in the summer, report Tutto Mercato Web.

The tough tackling German, who is adept to playing as an anchor man, is just the kind of player Arsene Wenger needs to revamp his squad for the next season in a realistic push for the Premier League title.

Arsenal Target Lars Bender Signs Contract Extension with Bayer Leverkusen: Report

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Arsenal Target Lars Bender Signs Contract Extension with Bayer Leverkusen: Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's hope of landing their long term target Lars Bender in the January transfer window has suffered a blow, as the German has penned down a contract extension with Bayer Leverkusen that will keep him at the club till 2019.

Arsenal Target Pens New Deal Ending Emirates' Hopes

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Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. The German international has been a big part of why Sami Hyypia's side have been a major force in the Bundesliga this season thus far.

Although there were rumors of the Gunners being set to make a January approach for the player according to Sky Sports, the 24-year-old inked a new deal with Leverkusen Thursday afternoon.

Players Wenger Must Buy in January That Can Define Arsenal’s Fate

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Players Wenger Must Buy in January That Can Define Arsenal's Fate - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Doubters are already weighing in on the stamina of Premier League table toppers Arsenal.

Record buy Mesut Ozil alone cannot elegantly assist the Gunners to a first trophy in nigh on nine years is the cry.

Arsenal should be favourites to land any of these 4 German stars

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Arsenal should be favourites to land any of these 4 German stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have been linked with several top midfielders in the summer and even after the transfer is closed, the trend hasn't stopped. Ever since, German star Mesut Ozil has joined the Gunners on the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid, it seems like North London has become a possible destination for some of the top young German players.

Why Mathieu Flamini Could Be The Most Important Signing of the Premier League Season

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How many Arsenal supporters scratched their heads when Arsene Wenger announced the re-signing of former gunner Mathieu Flamini after his contract ran out at AC Milan? He wasn't the big name signing Arsenal fans so desperately wanted. He wasn't Lars Bender, Sami Khedira or Paul Pogba — names that had been thrown around in the media after the club announced a rather extravagant war chest Wenger was given to spend during the summer transfer window.

Arsenal Rumours: Wenger targeting German midfield duo after Ozil capture

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Arsenal Rumours: Wenger targeting German midfield duo after Ozil capture - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger surprised everyone by landing Mesut Ozil on the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid, for a club record transfer fee. However, the spending spree probably won't stop here as the Frenchman is targeting the emerging football power-house of Europe, Germany, to bring some of their exceptionally talented players to the Emirates.

Friday Kickoff: Liverpool owner Henry won’t sell Suarez; Pirlo could leave Juve next summer; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Suarez's potential move away from Anfield is looking bleaker by the day.

A day after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that the Suarez transfer from Liverpool to Arsenal was on "standby," Liverpool's American owner John Henry came out with his first long-form public statements on the matter.

Made in Germany: The Premier League elite home in on some of the Bundesliga’s top talents

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Made in Germany: The Premier League elite home in on some of the Bundesliga's top talents - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich's spectacular success in last season's Champions league certainly turned heads. The sight of Jupp Heynckes' side ploughing through the champions of Italy in the quarters, and clinically despatching the mighty Barcelona in the semi-finals, will live long in the memory.

Arsenal target not for sale, says club

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With reports surfacing this week that Arsenal have a put a failed£19.7 million bid in for German midfielder Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen, the German outfit has quickly made a statement that no amount will be enough to pry the talented young player away from his current club.

According to a spokesperson at Bayer Leverkusen, Bender is "not for sale at any price," reportsSky Sports.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners’ €23m Lars Bender offer rejected

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Gunners' €23m Lars Bender offer rejected - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German giants Bayern Leverkusen have rejected Arsenal's offer of €23 million for defensive midfielder Lars Bender, as per reports from German publication Express.

Bayer Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser is not keen to sell another star player in the summer, having already sold Andre Schurrle to Chelsea and Daniel Carvajal to Real Madrid.

Secret Letters Reveal Arsenal Transfer Plans

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Yes, it's that time again: time to find out which of the "transfer target" stories have legs and which don't, based on an ancient and secret formula for decoding the gossip and separating the silver from the dross.

The key lies in the letters.

No, not letters from Dick Law to various European club presidents saying "Please can we have player X.

Secret Letters Reveal Arsenal Transfer Plans

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Yes, it's that time again: time to find out which of the "transfer target" stories have legs and which don't, based on an ancient and secret formula for decoding the gossip and separating the silver from the dross.

The key lies in the letters.

No, not letters from Dick Law to various European club presidents saying "Please can we have player X.

Arsenal Transfers: 5 players linked with Emirates moves this summer

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April has already seen the summer transfer speculation around world football hit high gear. Arsenal has endured yet another frustrating season. Manager Arsene Wenger has been on the preverbal chopping block yet again despite finding a way to keep his club in the top six.

However, for a club with the history of Arsenal, being in the top six is just not good enough.

Backpage Roundup: Wenger Sure of Top-Four Finish, Gunners to Spend £70 Million on Bundesliga Trio, Gervinho Praised, Szczesny’s Blip and More

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Wenger Sure of Achieving Top-Four Finish

Arsene Wenger has confidently claimed that his Arsenal side will once again finish in the top four on the Barclays Premier League points table at the end of the season.

The Frenchman's club currently find themselves fifth in the standings, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but he is sure that his charges will somehow find a way to qualify for next season's Champions League competition.

Lars Bender: To Manchester United or Arsenal?

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According to a report from The Sun, both Arsenal and Manchester United face a struggle if they want to sign Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender at any time in the near future.

The report states that both clubs are planning moves for the £20million-rated midfielder, who joined the club back in 2009 from 1860 Munich, having won the prestigious Fritz-Walter trophy for best young German player during his time at the club, ahead of new Chelsea signing Marko Marin.

schweinsteiger

Wednesday Kickoff: Khedira, Schweinsteiger back in training; Tottenham appoint Pochettino; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany head coach Joachim Löw received a huge boost on Wednesday when Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to training with the full squad.

Löw's central midfielder depth is stretched thin, especially with the injury to Lars Bender that's ruled him out of the World Cup.

Der 9. Spieltag mit Lars Bender, Tim Wiese und Bayerns Pleite gegen Bayer

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Bolzplatzheld versucht den Fußball aus Sicht von Facebook und Twitter zu beleuchten, deckt investigativ Missstände im Fußball auf und versucht sie zu ändern, wird nach Bundesligaspieltagen im Schlafzimmer des Moderators aufgezeichnet, soll ausschließlich Spaß machen und ist so interaktiv, wie es andere sein wollen.

Germany

Germany World Cup qualifying update: Bender brothers add to German absences

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Germany World Cup qualifying update: Bender brothers add to German absences - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sven Bender, and twin brother Lars, are regular inclusions in the Germany squad.

Lars and Sven Bender have pulled out of the Germany squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Kroos and Bender’s drop out of Germany squad

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Joachim Löw will be without the midfield trio of Lars Bender, Sven Bender and Toni Kroos for the 2014 World Cup qualifying double header with Kazahstan. Toni Kroos has recently suffered from a knee injury and didn't feature in Bayern Munich's 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. The Bayern Munich midfielder had originally been [.

Manchester United plotting German raid for Mats Hummels and Lars Bender

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Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

It is no secret that Sir Alex Ferguson has been a longtime admirer of Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels as well as his German international teammate Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen. According to Goal.com and the Mirror on Nov.

Germany’s Low talks up Greece meeting

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The Euro 2012 group stages are approaching conclusion and as the quarterfinals picture continues to become clearer, one manager who is ready to talk about his side's destination next is Germany's Joachim Low.

Low saw his men dominate the highly competitive Group B with three wins out of a possible three.

Heroic Bender reveals position unfamiliarity

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Lars Bender certainly scored a famous match-winning goal for Germany against Denmark last night but the midfielder has shared his slight discomfort at playing an unfamiliar role.

Bender, who typically plays a deeper midfield role, has been getting into attacking positions in recent matches on the orders of Germany manager Joachim Low and although the player still lacks complete familiarity with the task, he has embraced it.

The Rest

Transfer speculation hots up: Germans and Colombian linked

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So, the World Cup ends and the transfer speculation increases. I'm sure the two things aren't connected. Just coincidence, that's all.

The big story yesterday was that Sport in Spain wrote a piece about how Sami Khedira to Arsenal was more or less a done deal. All that needed to be done was everything and that, but it was still as close as it gets with the German ready to sign a four year deal with us.

Los ausentes de Brasil 2014.

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LESIONADOS
Jairo Campos (Ecuador)
Bryan Oviedo (Costa Rica)
Alvaro Saborío (Costa Rica)
Rhys Williams (Australia)
Robbie Kruse (Australia)
Radamel Falcao (Colombia)
Víctor Valdés (España)
Thiago Alcántara (España)
Theo Walcott (Inglaterra)
Andros Townsend (Inglaterra)
Lars Bender (Alemania)
Ilkay Gundogan (Alemania)
Holguer Badstuber (Alemania)
Kevin Strootman (Holanda)
Rafael van der Vaart (Holanda)
Christian Benteke (Belgica)
Ricardo Montolivo (Italia)
Giuseppe Rossi (Italia)
Steve Mandanda (Francia)
Franck Ribéry (Francia)
Ivan Strinic (Croacia)
Ivo Ilicevic (Croacia)
Nico Kranjarc (Croacia)
Matías Fernández (Chile)
Junior Fernández (Chile)
Juan Carlos Medina (México)
Luis Montes (México)

NO CONVOCADOS
Carlos Tévez (Argentina)
Ever Banega (Argentina)
Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina)
Samir Nasri (Francia)
Eric Abidal (Francia)
Landon Donovan (Estados Unidos)
Ronaldinho (Brasil)
Kaká (Brasil)
Filipe Luis (Brasil)
Francesco Totti (Italia)
Alessandro Del Piero (Italia)
Jesús Navas (España)
Álvaro Negredo (España)
Sebastián Abreu (Uruguay)
Luis Amaranto Perea (Colombia)
Mario Gómez (Alemania)
John Heitinga (Holanda)
Ashley Cole (Inglaterra)
John Terry (Inglaterra)
Timmy Simmons (Bélgica)
Pedro Quiñónez (Ecuador) caligula

Manchester United Transfers: These Eight Midfielders Could Partner With Michael Carrick

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There are still a couple weeks left in the summer transfer window and if David Moyes has any plans on bringing in new talent, the time to act is now.

Manchester United's biggest need is in the center of the pitch as none of the Red Devils' current crop of midfielders are the right fit alongside Michael Carrick.

Sanogo signs, Djourou leaves, Bender bid rejected

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It happened! It finally happened!

We made a signing. Sure, it might not have been the 'world class' £20m+ star everyone was hoping for, but it's something. And after so long waiting for anything to happen we should embrace it.

Yaya Sanogo is officially an Arsenal player. Not that it's any surprise, the announcement was inevitable, and we were simply waiting for his contract with Auxerre to expire on June 30th.

Backpage Roundup: Lewandowski’s Bayern ‘Dream’ Dashed, Arsenal to Bid £70 Million for Trio, No Gunner Bid for Fellaini, Wanyama’s Confession and More

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Lewandowski's Bayern 'Dream' Dashed

Arsenal's options of signing a World Class striker increased by one earlier today after Borussia Dortmund declared that their prized possession Robert Lewandowski – who had previously looked set for a summer switch to Bayern Munich – will not be sold to the Bavarians this year.

Lukas Podolski scores nine seconds into friendly against Ecuador

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Fresh off German clubs winning both the Champions League and the Women's Champions League, the German national team continued the run of Deutschland domination when Lukas Podolski scored just nine seconds into their friendly against Ecuador.

The Ecuadorians kicked off, but when the ball reached their backline, Podolski was there to take it away and score like he was playing FIFA 13 on amateur difficulty.