Arsenal put on high alert as Karim Benzema grows frustrated with Real Madrid substitute role

Arsenal have been put on high alert after learning Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has grown frustrated at continually being substituted by manager Rafa Benitez, The Independent reports.

The France international has been withdrawn from five out of his last six La Liga appearances, with the most recent coming during the clash with Atletico Madrid last weekend – a game in which he opened the scoring.

“Substitutions are what the coach decides, I’m just there to help my team-mates,” Benzema told AS.

“It’s true I’m fed up of being taken off. I’m calm and will continue to work so I’m not always substituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons.

“It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9. Ask Benitez why that is.”

The Gunners were linked with a move for the 27-year-old all throughout the summer transfer window, but he resolved to stay in the Spanish capital instead.

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