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Five Ideal Replacements for Utterly Average Arsenal Midfielder Mikel Arteta

With the ineffective Spaniard failing to make the grade this term, here are five players we feel could do a much better job for the Emirates Stadium side.

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Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen Contract

Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen)

Rangy German international has long been linked with a move to Arsenal and after five years at the BayArena the 24 year old may well be ready for a fresh challenge, especially if Bayer Leverkusen fail to secure a Champions League berth for next term.

Arsenal failed with an offer of £19m last term but the chances of a similar bid this summer succeeding would be increased if indeed Sascha Lewandowski’s side do not secure a top four finish.

Crafty and inventive the tireless runner may also be motivated to join the Gunners by the presence of national team colleagues Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.

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