5 Arteta replacements Arsenal should target

Lars Bender

The Gunners have long been linked with signing one of the Bender twins – Lars of Leverkusen or Sven of Dortmund – however of the two, Lars seems to be the better option for us.

The 26-year-old German international is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga and has the same qualities Arteta brings to the side on his best day with class and composure on the ball. Bender, however, has an added athleticism and aggression in the tackle that Arteta desperately lacks and a world class quality that we desperately need.

He would cost somewhere between £15-£20m, but at just 26 and entering his peak years, the fee would be more than worth it to bring quality into a position we severely need to strengthen.