Once again, Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema is reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal. We have been here before, though, haven’t we? Seemingly, every transfer window the Gunners are linked with a big-money move for the striker.
Reports from Spain suggest that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is set to have a clear out after the team’s poor start to their season.
Los Blancos suffered a 2-1 defeat against minnows Girona at the weekend. It seems it may have been the final straw for the not exactly patient president.
Benzema is reportedly one of the players that may exit the club in January or next summer. That has led to the inevitable links with a move to Arsenal.
Is Alexandre Lacazette not enough?
I have always had mixed feelings on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. However, since his arrival in north London, he is showing signs of being the striker that the Gunners have long needed.
Arsene Wenger is unlikely to play with two out and out strikers, so if Benzema joined the club one would be kicking his heels on the bench. It is true that Benzema can play as a wide forward, but that is not his natural position.
Lacazette has done enough to convince me that he is up to the job up front. He is unlikely to be the striker to fire Arsenal to the title, but that is more to do with deficiencies elsewhere in the team.
We have heard the Benzema stories all before
How many times have we heard that Benzema is set to join Arsenal, only for absolutely nothing to happen and the striker stay in Madrid? It gets annoying that every transfer window we hear this rumour.
It surely has got to the point of Arsenal fans not believing the stories about Benzema anymore?
Arsenal need to strengthen elsewhere
Arsenal needs to strengthen elsewhere in the squad in the next nine months. Lacazette is a good enough striker for now. The Gunners will have to replace both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the near future.
That will cost the Gunners massively and the north London club’s hierarchy are not exactly stupid when it comes to spending money.
For me, Benzema is an undoubtedly talented player, but the Gunners need to think about the strength of the whole team. Maybe signing another striker for big money is not in the best interest of the team going forward.
Does Arsenal really have a chance of signing Karim Benzema?