The rumours linking Arsenal with a big money bid for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema refuse to go away, despite Rafael Benitez stating categorically that the French international will not be leaving the Bernabeau this summer.
Now a couple of Arsenal stars have been making their thoughts on the subject known, with Cazorla saying that he doubted if Wenger will be buying Benzema. “Everyone would like to have him on their team, but the coach already has a squad and probably will not find another forward,” said Santi.
Meanwhile the Welsh international Aaron Ramsey has backed Walcott to get the 24 goals he needs to reach the magic number of 100 goals for the Gunners. “He did very well at the end of last year,” Ramsey said on the Official Arsenal website. “He’s had a good pre-season.
“He looks sharp, he looks strong and he can be dangerous.
“He is a goalscorer – he has a load of goals for Arsenal and I think he can carry that on and maybe get into the 100 Club this year.
“He’s a very strong character. He believes in his abilities and he definitely has a lot of qualities to offer.
“He can finish – one of the hardest things to do in football is to put the ball in the back of the net and he’s done it on numerous occasions for Arsenal. Hopefully he can continue doing that.”
Obviously Theo is more likely to reach that figure if he plays regularly up front, so perhaps Ramsey and Cazorla have inside information that Walcott and Giroud will be the only two leading the line for Arsenal this season. Arsenal have now officially confirmed that Chuba Akpom has gone out on loan to Hull City, so will those two be enough to fire Arsenal to the title?