Karim Benzema was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this past summer, but the move never came to fruition. Spanish reporter Kike Marin claims a move was closer than many believed however, with the El Confidencial writer claiming he spent the summer flirting with Arsene Wenger regarding a switch.
The Real Madrid star was tipped to make a £45m move to North London earlier in the summer (via the Daily Mail), but by the end of the window Arsenal fans were made to feel foolish for believing a move was ever likely to happen.
It looks as though a move was certainly on the cards though, and despite Benzema seemingly being happy at the Santiago Bernabeu, the report suggests he was keen to explore his options with Arsenal.
Arsenal fans would have loved to see Benzema arrive at the club, as we are badly in need of striking reinforcements. He is exactly the type of player we need to take us to the next level, and if he’s open to the idea of making the switch to the Premier League then we shouldn’t end our pursuit of the 27-year-old.
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There is a definite shortage of top quality strikers in the market at the moment, so Madrid are unlikely to let him go unless they can find a replacement. Hopefully Wenger addresses the issue in January, and we see a top quality forward arrive.