Arsene Wenger has openly conceded that he would not have signed Danny Welbeck for Arsenal if he had been in England at the time, and it would appear that the French manager is not convinced that the ex-Man United man is yet ready to be Arsenal’s first choice hitman.
According to a report today, it has been revealed that Wenger has personally phoned the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to ask him if he would like to move to the Emirates, and that the hitman was also approached by Olivier Giroud when they were both playing together for France in the World Cup.
Benzema seems to have grown into the striking role at Madrid and has scored 75 goals in 165 games for the Spanish giants, but it has been reported that the supporters at the Bernabeau are not happy when he plays – and Madrid are now happy to cash in on the French international to make room for an even better replacement.
With Giroud out injured, Benzema has little competition for the centre-forward role for his country and last night scored his 26th goal (in 75 games) for his country as they beat Ronaldo’s Portugal side 2-1.
Although I am sure Benzema would do well for Arsenal, I am not convinced that Wenger would be keen on having three out-and-out centre-forwards at the club when he can only ever use one of them at a time. Or perhaps Wenger would try and convert Benzema into a winger!