According to a report today, Arsenal are lining up a whopping £35.5 million offer for the Real Madrid frontman Karim Benzema. The Spanish media are suggesting that Carlo Ancelotti is ready to cash in on the striker this summer, and it is understood that Arsenal are first in line for acquiring the services of the former Lyon star.
Benzema has chalked up an impressive tally of 22 goals in 43 games for the La Liga giants this season and the report from the Metro further goes on to say that Arsene Wenger has identified his compatriot as a guaranteed supplier of goals and will make a formal offer in this summer’s transfer window.
While rumors such as these should be taken with a pinch of salt, you cannot help but get excited as an Arsenal fan. The recent acquisitions of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are examples that Arsenal can indeed pull off big-money signings and you wouldn’t have to stretch your imagination too much to digest the possibility of Arsenal going in for a lethal and established hitman, especially now that we have the financial resources.
For me, he would be the most ideal addition to the Arsenal attack. Arsenal fans and pundits alike have been crying out for Wenger to sign a proven goalscorer and Karim Benzema fits the bill. The Frenchman is physically very strong, full of running, versatile, good in the air and most importantly, he’s lethal in the finish and comes with a guaranteed supply of goals.
As Thierry Henry rightfully pointed out earlier, Olivier Giroud is a very good frontman but he’s not someone that can win the club a Premier League title. We need a proven hitman to lead the line and Karim Benzema can be the man. Considering Arsene Wenger’s French connection and a handful of players in the squad that are familiar to the player (Ozil, Giroud, Koscielny), Arsenal fans can hope that Le Prof can pull off this deal and bring Karim Benzema to the Emirates.