It was inevitable and understandable that the Arsenal fans would continue to clamour for the completion of the one of the biggest Arsenal transfer rumours of the summer after yesterday. Because as well as the poor defending that gifted West Ham their two goals, Arsenal failed to score and many of us think that Karim Benzema is the answer.
Whether the Real Madrid and France international striker is even available is another matter but there are other strikers out there. Arsene Wenger, however, does not seem as desperate as the fans are to sign one of them. As reported by Sky Sports, the Arsenal boss responded to the suggestions of his former star striker Thierry Henry and suggested that signing Benzema would not necessarily make Arsenal into title winners.
Wenger said, “I respect Thierry Henry a lot for his football knowledge but it is not as mathematical as that.
“We have to develop our collective game and depend less on one guy who comes in and scores all the goals.
“It is important but maybe we can share that,” Wenger added. “I think Olivier Giroud would not have been far from 20 if he played the whole of last season and Theo Walcott as well.
“I don’t see why a guy like Chamberlain should not have an ambition to score 10 goals, Sanchez can score goals too.
“Ozil has to fix himself a target of at least 10. For a guy who plays behind the striker you want more from him on the goalscoring so we can a little bit share that.”
Okay I see his point but would Benzema have made a difference against West Ham yesterday? He might but I do not think Giroud was to blame for that defeat. He hardly got a sniff and as good as Benzema is, he is not the Lionel Messi type of player who will create and score goals on his own. He needs the players around him to provide him with chances to finish and that was not happening against the Hammers.
So while I do want Arsenal to get Benzema, we should not assume that he is the answer to all of Arsenal´s problems.