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Borussia Dortmund star Sven Bender has given Arsenal hope, by claiming that he will prefer a move to the Premier League if he leaves Germany.

Arsene Wenger has been on the lookout for a dominant midfielder to play behind the array of creative players at his disposal. A player who is tough tackling but also displays good distribution skills to start moves from the back.

The north London club have been linked to various players for this position. They have long been rumoured to be interested in Sven's twin brother Lars Bender who plays his club football at Bayer Leverkusen, but the player has distanced himself from a move which has now brought Arsenal's attention to the other twin.

The 25-year-old midfielder is a key member of the Dortmund team since joining them in 2009. He has been blighted by injuries off late, because of which he could not travel with the German squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Bender has been talking about the Premier League and how it will be his preferred choice if he leaves the Bundesliga. He also feels that his style will be perfectly suited to England.

"I know my skills, and others are also aware of them. When I am fit, I also want to play. Nobody has contacted me yet," Bender said, as quoted in the Express.

"What can I say about those rumours? What is being reported in England is just rumours."

"I really like English football. Outside of the Bundesliga, it would fit my style of play best. Should I ever consider a move, the Premier League would be the only league coming into my thinking," the German midfielder added.

Meanwhile, Gunners midfielder Francis Coquelin who was on loan at Freiburg last season could reportedly move away from the club permanently over the summer.

Coquelin, who joined Arsenal in 2008, did not manage to break through into the first team making just 32 appearances under Wenger. His not so impressive loan spells did nothing to enhance his reputation and get a shot at the Emirates.

The former France U21 midfielder is claimed to be in talks with Ligue 2 side Tours and could move permanently with only one year remaining on his Arsenal contract.