Arsenal transfer news: ‘He’d make sure the defence is not exposed’ – sign him up?

first_img Didi Hamann on Lars Bender to Arsenal 1 Arsenal have never replaced former captain Patrick Vieira, according to Didi Hamann, but there is one man up for the task. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more on the Germany ace tipped to boost the Gunners…Name: Lars BenderDate of birth: 27/04/89Born: Rosenheim, BavariaClub: Bayer LeverkusenPosition: MidfieldInternational: 19 Germany caps, four goals (correct as of 19/01/15)What is the latest?Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Didi Hamann believes Arsenal need to sign a quality defensive midfielder, calling it one of the most important positions in the modern game. For years, the current talkSPORT presenter says Wenger hasn’t had “a defensive midfielder of the calibre of Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel at Chelsea; or Fernando and Fernandinho at City.” Lars Bender, according to Hamann, is the perfect signing.Did you know?1) Bender began his career at 1860 Munich alongside twin brother Sven, with both leaving in 2009. Sven was sold to Borussia Dortmund and Lars moved to Leverkusen and eventually filled the enormous hole left by influential Chilean Arturo Vidal’s departure when he joined Juventus in 2011.2) The brothers shared the 2008 U19 European Championship’s Golden Player award as Germany won the competition, with Lars scoring the first goal in a 3-1 win against Italy in the final. The duo were crucial to their nation’s win and were the heartbeat of Germany’s midfield.3) As Hamann’s explained, Bender’s work-rate is tireless, his positioning excellent and his defensive attributes superb. This season in the Bundesliga he has made on average more than three interceptions and three tackles per game.4) He seemed on course to travelling to Brazil as part of Germany’s World Cup squad, but a thigh injury sustained in a pre-tournament training camp in May cruelly denied Bender a place.What is being said:Either [Sven or Lars] would give Wenger something he hasn’t got in midfield.Someone who can read the game, is naturally defensively minded and who will thrive, operating in front of the back four, making sure Arsenal don’t get exposed.– World Cup finalist and former Bayern and Liverpool midfielder Didi HamannVideo:last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny restaurant has been nominated in four categories at this year’s Restaurants Association of Ireland Ulster Awards.Sargasso on the Port Road has been nominated for Best Restaurant in Donegal, Best Casual Dining in Donegal and Best Customer Service in Donegal.The popular restaurant’s head chef, Martin Hernandez, who trained in Neven Maguire’s famous MacNean House, Cavan, has also been nominated in the Best Chef in Donegal category at the awards which take place tonight in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast. Sargasso and Head Chef Martin are dedicated to only using local produce and work with local farmers and suppliers in sourcing only the best produce to create top quality dishes, fresh seafood and steaks are the speciality and everything is made from scratch in house for extra flavour and freshness.The county winners will be announced tonight at the Merchant Hotel and mystery guest visits will then take place after these events until May 24 when the National Academy Judges meet in Dublin to choose overall province winners for the June 10th event in The Burlington, Dublin.The management and staff would like to thank all their customers for their support and everyone who voted for them in this year’s awards.Caroline Robinson, Manager, said: “We are very excited to be nominated for the awards. We’re in the business a year and a half now and are very thankful for the support we have received from our customers from the beginning.”   LETTERKENNY’S SARGASSO RESTAURANT NOMINATED FOR FOUR AWARDS was last modified: April 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsSargassolast_img read more