It seems like this rumour comes around every single transfer window as once again Arsenal have been linked with Karim Benzema. The Frenchman who signed for Los Blancos all the way back in 2009 from French outfit Lyon, is currently struggling for form. He has only scored 5 times in 20 games in all competitions this season for Real. Rumours in Spain are that Benzema is set for a move to London if Arsenal and Real can reach an agreement over his price. It has been reported that Arsenal are willing to pay up to £35m whilst Madrid are asking for around £52.3m.
Despite the fact that he will go down in Reals history of being one of their highest goal scorers I would avoid any sort of deal with Madrid for the Frenchman. Personally, I would much rather we would buy someone like Aubameyang, whom we have been heavily linked with this month, if we are looking for reinforcements going forward as he would offer much more than a low in confidence Karim Benzema who has recently attracted boo’s from Madrid supporters. I believe a fully fit and committed Aubameyang could help us massively in the pursuit of a first Premier league title in what will soon be 14 years compared to a Frenchman who in my opinion has had his best years, therefore I believe he is not needed.
With Arsenal there is always a way we can mess up a big deal, a prime example being Luis Suarez the window before he eventually left for Barca. It was understood he was interested in a move to North London but in the end we just didn’t pay what Liverpool wanted, which I hope isn’t the case with Aubameyang, even though it is a possibility.
If the Aubameyang deal doesn’t materialise then should we then pursue Benzema? I would say no and would much rather bring in someone like Riyad Mahrez. Yes, he would be more of creator of goals than a scorer but just imagine Mkhitariyan Ozil and Mahrez behind Lacazette. I think with Mahrez, who was recently spotted leaving the Carabao cup tie between Arsenal and Chelsea; we would be bringing in a very much in form Premier League star that has proved he is good enough to make the step up from a mid-table club like Leicester to a top four club like Arsenal.