Yesterday everybody (including JustArsenal) had an Arsenal insider telling them that the Karim Benzema deal was done and dusted, and the Frenchman would be flying over for a medical on Monday, but now it seems that Arsene Wenger has decided to pour cold water on the rumours and insists that both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott will be able to deliver the goals that can take the Gunners to the Premier League title.
We all know that Thierry Henry recently insisted that if Wenger bought Benzema then Arsenal could win the title in a canter, but according to a report in the Star Le Prof begs to differ. “I heard Thierry Henry say if we buy Benzema we would win the title by a margin.” Wenger was quoted as saying.
“I respect his views but football has evolved and the game has changed since he played here.
“The out-and-out strikers are no longer there. Tactics have changed.
“You do need somebody to score goals and I think Olivier Giroud will not be far from 20 this season. Theo Walcott will be up there too.
“We have to develop our game and depend less on one player.
“I truly believe we can win the league. We look like we can score plenty of goals.”
So does this mean that he has no intention of buying Benzema at all? Are all these rumours just the product of a mass hallucination by the media in Spain and England? And are all these journalists and ‘insiders’ all being fed false information?
Or is this just another example of Wenger’s smoke and mirrors approach to transfers?