Monday, October 28, 2013

Benzema to Arsenal in January?‏

Ever since the departure of club legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal have always lacked a great striking prolificpartnership. The upcoming of Robin van Persie left the Gunners hopeful of what was to come. After a successful season for 'the flying Dutchman' he later moved to arch rivals Manchester United where again he was successful.

Arsenal's answer to the loss of these top strikers was Olivier Giroud, who is in top form in being the
one responsible for finishing chances provided by a plethora of names in the midfield. He also scored the winner in the early north London derby which finished 1-0. However, if Giroud was to pick up an injury – which Arsenal are familiar with in their squad over the years - they are limited for the role upfront. Arsene Wenger has been forced to bring Nicklas Bendtner back into the first-team fold because of a dearth of striking options at the Emirates. But, is Bendtner the answer to Arsenal's trophy cries?

A man who could be the answer is Real Madrid's striker, Karim Benzema. The French international has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and his relationship with supporters and the Madrid-based press has reached an all-time low. The move would see him follow his former team-mate Mesut Ozil to the mirates. Arsenal were linked with Benzema in the summer as Real considered selling him to help finance their purchase of Gareth Bale, but Gunners opted instead for Ozil.

This could come as a surprise but, the Spanish giants are looking to recoup £17million for the Frenchman, alerting several Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United. Real Madrid paid £25million for Benzema four years ago from Lyon. Wenger has been known to like the French way of playing, so Benzema suits Arsenal football club when looking at it from a neutral point of view.
But, looking deeper into the situation within the club; Benzema would partner Giroud who both play for France internationally and would again link up with Ozil who will provide chances for both strikers to finish.

At a price of £17million, surely Arsenal cannot miss out on a player of his class. If the move was to happen, it would be in January, but Wenger will have to snap him up quickly as other Premier League clubs look to snatch the top draw striker.


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