We were heavily linked with a move for Karim Benzema this past summer, and are seemingly still chasing the French international, as reported by the Metro.
The report report cites a story from Spanish publication AS, which reveals that Benzema is “fed up” at being substituted so often.
The striker clearly isn’t enjoying life under new Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez, and has spoken out about his concerns.
The Metro claims his comments have alerted Arsene Wenger, and the 27-year-old is now being monitored.
“It’s true I’m fed up of being taken off. I’m calm and will continue to work so I’m not always substituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons,” he said.
“Substitutions are what the coach decides, I’m just there to help my team-mates.
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“It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9. Ask Benitez why that is.”
While a striker is still a priority, Theo Walcott has been showing recently that he’s more than capable of leading the line at Arsenal. It would be great to see Benzema arrive at the club, but the way Walcott has been playing makes it less of an emergency.
The Benzema saga this past summer was thoroughly disappointing where we are concerned, and it felt like we’d been led on a goose chase. It’s unclear whether a move was ever even remotely close, or whether the striker was contemplating the switch, but the sheer quantity of the stories in the media really raised our hopes.
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Benzema may be regretting not making a move this past summer if he’s feeling unappreciated at the Santiago Bernabeu, but he may have to wait a while for another chance.