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.
It is definitely the biggest and most exciting of all the Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds at the minute and even though the transfer of Karim Benzema from Real Madird to the Gunners may have seemed just a pope dream at the beginning of the summer, there was a growing belief that it might happen.
It looks like being a long and anxious wait for the Arsenal fans this summer, or those of us that are hoping for Arsene Wenger to sign a top class centre forward anyway. Because it may well be that the transfer of the France international star Karim Benzema will not be done until the very end of the summer transfer window, just as it was when Wenger shocked us all by signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out that he would be in the reckoning for signing the striker Karim Benzema from the Spanish giants Real Madrid. Arsenal and Wenger are in Singapore for their pre-season matches. After dispatching the Singapore Select XI 4-0, Arsenal are scheduled to meet Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy this afternoon. Not surprisingly enough, there were questions on Benezema asked of Wenger ahead of the game.
There were some rumours in the football media last week that claimed that the Arsenal boss had made the opening move in this transfer saga by personally phoning the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to sound him out about a possible move to north London and the Premier League.
How many of Arsenal supporters will be enticed by the prospect of signing a new striker? How many of these supporters will be happy if the striker being signed is Karim Benzema?
It was only just over a year ago that Arsenal signed up the France international defender Laurent Koscielny to a new long term contract, so in theory we should not have to worry too much about the Gunners losing our brilliant centre back. But with some recent Arsenal transfer rumours linking Real Madrid with Koscielny, any extra boost to us fending off the Spanish giants would be very welcome.
Many Arsenal fans are seemingly worried about the fact that the new Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has become interested in signing our very own Laurent Koscielny as a replacement for the departing Sergio Ramos. We all agree that Kos has one of very best players for a long time, but as the Frenchman is now 29 years-old you have to admit that a reported price of £21 million is very hard to ignore.