Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal fans hope that they may just pull one of the deals of the summer, as while he admitted they have yet to make a bid for Karim Benzema, that could change before the end of the window, the Metro
“Benzema is not happening at the moment but If I can find an exceptional player to strengthen the squad I will do it,” he explained.
According to the Metro, the Frenchman’s future at the Bernabeu seems in a little doubt, as new manager Rafael Benitez plans to utilise Cristiano Ronaldo in a central striker role, despite the 27-year-old’s impressive goalscoring record.
Meanwhile, the Gunners’ squad is crying out for a new goalscorer. Olivier Giroud has led the line well in previous years, but has yet to convince his critics that he is capable of inspiring his side to the title. And while Theo Walcott showed glimpses of promise last season – bagging a hat-trick on the final day of the Premier League campaign, and scoring the opener in the FA Cup final – his injury record remains a major concern.
Benzema has proved that he is able to lead the line, and is likely to be able to adapt to Arsenal’s system, having featured as a lone striker for most of his career with Los Blancos. He is also used to having the kind of players around him – Ronaldo and Gareth Bale – that want to make something special happen all on their own.
While Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are much more selfless players than the Madrid pair, and will thus provide Benzema with many more chances than he’s used to currently, they are the ones who are trusted to produce the magic.
Should Benzema sign, he will be under a huge amount of pressure to help their Premier League title drought, but based on his Madrid career, he is more than capable of handling the hopes.