It certainly makes you wonder where all these media stories about Karim Benzema moving to Arsenal came from. Right from the beginning of the transfer window it was mooted that the Real Madrid striker was the only real target that interested Arsene Wenger.
Despite umpteen denials by Arsene Wenger and Benzema himself all the way through summer, the story just refused to go away, with journalists and insiders seemingly putting their reputations on the line as they were SO sure that the deal was going to go through.
In this age of Twitter there were also the usual fake agents accounts popping up with false information, which was lapped up by the gullible fans, who then repeated the lies on sites like JustArsenal. (I remember being told off for telling All Guns Blazing to stop saying the same thing over and over – ‘DONE DEAL #BenzyFrenzy’ lol).
But now that the interminable transfer window has finally closed, Benzema has yet again announced in public that a move to the Gunners (or anywhere) was never on the cards. He was quoted as saying on the French TV station Telefoot: “There was nothing in the talk of a transfer away from Madrid.
“I’m happy at my current club, it’s the best in the world. I’ll continue to work here and be happy where I am.”
I realise there were a few sensible readers who kept asking why he would even consider leaving one of the best clubs in the world for Arsenal, but it usually fell on deaf ears…..
But I’d bet my life that we will be linked with Benzema again all next summer as well!