Sunday, 24th November, 2013

Buying Karim Benzema is not something that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced he should do if the opportunity presents itself, with concerns over how the striker might fit alongside the club's current target man Olivier Giroud.

Both Benzema and Giroud have been battling to secure the starting spot up front for the France national team, with coach Didier Deschamps appearing to feel the pair do not compliment each other.


If Arsenal, who have been consistently linked with snapping up Benzema from Real Madrid, did buy the France international, he would have to form a partnership with a player he is challenging for an international spot in Giroud.

And that could be an unwelcome recipe believes Wenger.


The Arsenal manager was quoted as saying by Le 10 Sport: "Karim Benzema? I do not think it is a good idea.

"In the France team there has been competition between Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema. It seems to be complicated."

And even if Wenger did want to bring Benzema to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid, it would be a difficult deal to do, with the Arsenal boss believing making big signings in the January transfer window is far from easy.

"It remains difficult to recruit mid-season.

"If a player is doing well, his club do not necessarily want to sell. They often want to keep them for sale until the end of the season.

"This is what happens most of the time."

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