Arsenal suffer blow in Karim Benzema chase

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Arsenal face a battle to sign Karim Benzema in January after the Daily Star revealed that the player still has the management's full backing at Real Madrid.

The striker has been jeered by fans at every home game so far this season and has seemingly lost the support of the Bernabeu faithful, despite scoring four goals so far.

Benzema's misery peaked at the weekend as jeers rang around the huge arena as he was substituted in the 80th minute against Getafe.

The same paper reported that Arsenal were ready to make a move for the apparently unwanted striker when the transfer window reopens in January.

Arsene Wenger has been looking to sign striker reinforcements having failed in his attempts to sign Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain in the summer.

Currently the Gunners have only Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner to choose from with the latter having to be brought in from the cold to give Wenger an option from the bench.

Wenger came closest to bringing Demba Ba to the Emirates on loan but the move collapsed as Jose Mourinho stated he didn't want to sell to one of Chelsea's main title rivals.

A bid in the region of £40m was thought to be in the offing but Arsenal have no suffered a set-back as Real Madrid will reportedly do everything to convince the Frenchman to remain in the Spanish capital.

Despite the fans discontent, the management and the board at Real Madrid still have every faith in Benzema and will not move to strengthen their forward line despite reported interest in Liverpool's Suarez.

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