A team of Arsenal representatives reportedly travelled to Rome this week to cast an eye over Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender during his side’s Champions League clash with Lazio, according to the Metro.
The 26-year-old, who is the brother of Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Sven, played the full 90 minutes of Leverkusen’s narrow 1-0 defeat to the Serie A side, and Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb claimed that a number of Arsenal scouts were in attendance.
The report suggests that they were keeping a close watch on Bender with the view for making a late move for his signature before the end of the transfer window.
Having began his career with 1860 Munich, Bender joined Leverkusen in 2009, and has since gone on to become a key member of the side, making over 200 appearances in the process.
Though Francis Coquelin made his breakthrough last season, Arsene Wenger could look to bring somebody with more experience to help guide the young Frenchman and ease the pressure off him in what should be a big season for the club.