Every week it seems like Arsenal are linked with another transfer target and it will continue from now until the start of next season. Many of the rumours are focused on strikers, with Stevan Jovetic, David Villa and Alvaro Negredo just three of the many names connected with a possible move to the Emirates.
Knowing Arsene Wenger, though, the new Gunners who arrive in the summer could well be completely different than the players whose names are in the media. Arsenal fans are hoping for a big name, a striker with proven quality, and the one who springs to my mind is Karim Benzema.
The Real Madrid and France striker is not having a great season for club or country, and he looks distinctly unhappy at the minute. Last season he was banging in goals for fun and seemed to have convinced Jose Mourinho that he was ahead of Gonzalo Higuain in the pecking order at Madrid. That situation has reversed since the start of the season and the manager seems to have lost faith with his player, which has affected his confidence and his poor form has now carried over to the national team.
There are reports that Real Madrid will listen to reasonable offers for the 25-year old who they paid around £30 million for in 2009. Benzema has just two years left on his contract and could be available for less than £20 million. There will be plenty of teams interested, but Wenger and Arsenal have a great reputation in France and that could influence his decision, as could the chance to forge a partnership with Giroud at club and national level.
They say that form is temporary but class is permanent, and Benzema is a top class player. In four of the last five seasons he has scored over 20 goals. His team mate at Madrid, Sergio Ramos, has been speaking about him this week and warning his Spanish colleagues not to underestimate him because of his recent dip. Ramos has trained with strikers such as Raul, both Ronaldo’s and van Nistelrooy, so for him to proclaim Benzema as one of the best is high praise.
I know I am being optimistic, but he would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal, don’t you think?