Arsenal has been plagued with injuries this season and Arsene Wenger is eager to make some startling signings for the team, like the way he does every time.

Wenger is reportedly trying to sign Lars Bender and has got the approval from Bayer Leverkusen to sign him in this January. The Bayer midfielder would be an apt replacement for injured Francis Coquelin according to Wenger. Bayer Leverkusen Chairman Michael Schade gave Wenger the needed green signal by admitting that they may be forced to sell Bender to injury-hit Arsenal.

Initially, Schade was apprehensive of letting out Bender, but now is letting him off.

“Bayer Leverkusen can’t be as arrogant to say that we are creating world stars and they will retire here,” said Schade.

“If we are able to create a world star or top player, then one day this player wants to play for one of the top [clubs in the world], of course.”

Wenger is on his toes to bring in suitable replacements for the injured players and is waiting for the January transfer window. Lars Bender is a defensive midfielder and certainly Wenger has a particular role for him in his plans, due to to which he is eager to sign him. The goalkeeper position too is a matter of concern since, David Ospina, Arsenal Goalkeeper is rumoured to be heading to Istanbul in January with a link to Turkish Super Lig club Besiktas. The majority of the players who have been injured are linked to the midfield and Arsenal is ready to make the necessary changes to the central midfield by bringing in Portugal International William Carvalho. Wenger had expressed his interest in signing the player long back from Sporting Lisbon, who are currently at the top of Portuguese league and they may be reluctant to let him out immediately in January to Arsenal which needs his services in the midfield.