Arsene Wenger may have dropped his biggest hint that he is in pursuit of fellow Frenchman Karim Benzema after comments during the Champions League final while working as a pundit.
The Gunners boss is a known admirer of his compatriot and has been linked with the striker for a number of summers dating back to before his big money move from Lyon to Real Madrid.
The centre forward started Saturday’s Champions League final in the centre of the venomous attacking trio alongside Ronaldo and Bale. He was eventually replaced by another reported Arsenal target Alvaro Morata, but currently remains the clubs top striker. That could all change this summer however with reports suggesting Real are completing a big money move for Luis Suarez.
Arsenal are in desperate need for a top striker, and Benzema could offer the Gunners an interesting alternative or partner for their current French international centre forward Olivier Giroud.
Speaking as a pundit for the all Madrid UCL final on French station TF1, the Arsenal manager suggested Benzema’s participation in the final could be his last appearance for the club
He reportedly proclaimed:
“Benzema jouera certainement un jour en PL;” – translates to – Benzema will certainly play in the Premier League (in the future.)
Although much has been made of the quotes from Wenger, it’s unlikely he was dropping a hint directly about Arsenal bidding for the France striker. The Gunners boss is a known admirer of the Madrid man but to fuel speculation on TV seems a little far fetched despite the obvious excitement from the Arsenal corner.
Hopefully Benzema becomes available because he will be a big addition for the Gunners and supplement Giroud nicely, providing a more direct, agile alternative. But much of that will be down to Madrid’s ability to move in the market and strengthen, just like last summer when Ozil ended up in our dressing room.
Wenger certainly knows his compatriot Benzema well, and if he’s on the market then we can be relatively sure Arsenal will launch a bid to bring him to north London.