Arsenal are a world-class striker short of being a real force in Europe again, and most bookmakers previewing Arsenal’s season will agree. Wenger has been a fan of Benzema for a long time and has looked to bring him to the Emirates ever since the stadium loans have been paid off.
Despite the continuing denials from Arsenal and Real Madrid, the media have been refusing to believe that Wenger is not keeping his war chest at the ready for when the French international becomes available.
Now there is another twist in the tale as Madrid have issued an official statement that Benzema is out with an injury. “Following tests carried out on Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Medical Services at the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital today, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in his right thigh. His condition will be evaluated,” read the statement.
It seems that the Frenchman will be struggling to be ready for the first game of the season, which just so happens to be a week before the end of the transfer window….
Is this just a ploy by Madrid to keep Benzema away from the warm-up games while the smokes and mirrors of the transfer window is still in play, or is this an honest injury that he incurred while lying on a beach somewhere?
Who knows? Santi Cazorla has said he doesn’t think Wenger will buy Benzema, and Ramsey thinks Walcott will be our Number Nine. Wenger insists there has been no contact with the Spanish giants and Benitez says he is staying at the Bernabeau.
But the decision to send Chuba Akpom to Hull City has raised a few eyebrows, and now this mystery injury to Benzema seems to be very fishy at this moment in time. Smokes and mirrors, or truth and lies?