Benteke transfer saga to HELP Arsenal win FA cup?

While Arsene Wenger has been keen to play down his Arsenal transfer plans until after the season has ended, doing his best to keep all the focus at the club firmly fixed on the FA cup final today, Aston Villa seem to be intent on muddying the waters.

There is nothing that their manager Tim Sherwood can do about the transfer rumours appearing in the media, except ignore them perhaps. And now their former manager Paul Lambert has added his own take on the transfer sage surrounding their Belgian international striker and danger man Christian Benteke.

As reported by the Daily Express, Lambert has expressed surprise at his successor’s decision to reveal ahead of the Wembley clash the fact that Benteke has a release clause and could leave the Birmingham club this summer.

He said, “I’m surprised by the timing of it, a day before the cup final. That’s the surprising thing.

“I fought tooth and nail to keep Christian there from day one because he was playing that well in his first year.”

While this might be a dig at the manager who took his job, I do think that the Scot has a good point. We have seen many times that a player can lose focus when his future is the talk of the football media, such as with Raheem Sterling this season and the time when Wenger had made a bid for Newcastle’s French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

With Benteke probably the most potent threat facing Arsenal in the final, should Sherwood have kept his mouth shut and concentrated on the tough task facing his players?

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  1. Today I will be scouting to see who is better between Giroud and benteke #coyg

    1. ArsenalGenes says:

      Hire me as a scout in your team too..

  2. It will be a comfortable win do not panic

  3. mohawk says:

    starting to feel just a bit sorry for sczny. it is one thing to lose your #1 status (albeit deservedly) but he must also constantly apologize for the nonsense spewed by his idiot father – it never stops.

    maybe next year will be better (no matter where he plays).

  4. Uche Edochie says:

    If I had never seen Benteke play, I would have thought that he is Christiano Ronaldo based on how the media talks about him and how he is such a threat for this game. Benteke has cored 10 goals in ten games. Walcot scored three goals in 35 minutes and all I hear is Benteke this and that. Surely if both teams were to compete on who can outscore each other, they are no match for us. They have Benteke as their main goal threat and we have Sanchez, Giroud, Walcot and Ramsey. Yet everyday, all I hear is how Benteke is such a threat. These guys ended the season one point above relegation and just lost 6-1 to Southampton. Wow. Okay.

  5. Arsenal007 says:

    Arsenal 6 – 0 Villa

  6. GOONERGETYA says:

    I would like to see Benteke come to Arsenal at 23 i think he would make a very good buy for us, He is a strong player just like a young Drogba type player also he can run !!! Arsenal game play would suit this type of player, He would also act a a target man for us and feed the ball to our players, He as done very well with villa over last few seasons and villa have struggled as we all know, With a much better class of players around him he really could be a real star, Also he is a Arsenal fan !!!!!!

    Come on ARSENAL do us all proud today with a nice comfortable win !!!!!
    Arsenal to win by 3 clear goals !!!!!

  7. jonestown1 says:

    Can’t see how “Benteke transfer saga” will help us. He is possibly playing for his future with a global audience of 500M people. I’d say he will be quite keen!!!

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