Arsenal & Tottenham should fight to sign struggling striker

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Aston Villa's Christian Benteke hasn't quite fulfilled expectation so far in this campaign after bursting onto the Premier League scene last season. 

However, despite having only scored four league goals for Villa so far, the Belgian star is good enough to play at the elite level in English football. 

In the 2012/13 campaign, Benteke destroyed his opponents and couldn't be stopped as he almost single-handedly kept Paul Lambert's side in the Premier League. Of course many will point to second season syndrome coming into play in this campaign, however the hitman will come good again in the near future. 

That's why Arsenal and Tottenham should swoop for the star now, especially as his asking price may have lowered in the last few months. 

Benteke' ability cannot be questioned as he's a strong and powerful forward and certainly knows where the net is. Arsenal and Tottenham are crying out for another striker and perhaps Benteke is the answer. 

Both north London sides have had their own troubles up front in this campaign. Of course, the Gunners have made the most of what they've got as they're firing high at the top of the Premier League table. 

However, with Nicklas Bendtner the only real back up for Frenchman Olivier Giroud, Arsene Wenger must know an additional striker is a must if his side are to go on to become successful in this campaign. 

Giroud's goals have dried up of late too and with added competition, Arsenal can only benefit from the arrival of Benteke. 

Meanwhile for Tottenham, their striking issues are there for all to see. Roberto Soldado still hasn't taken off at White Hart Lane and despite the return of Emmanuel Adebayor, Tim Sherwood will know the north London outfit still need strengthening up top. 

Of course Jermain Defoe is still around in north London but, as his chances continue to be limited, Spurs may have to head into a new direction. 

Another boost for bringing Benteke to either club is that he would be available to play European football. 

As Arsenal and Tottenham go in search of silverware in the second half of this season, Benteke would surely jump at the chance to leave a relegation fight in order to play in either of the Europa League or the Champions League. 

In addition, a new lease of life for Benteke could quickly get him back to his best and either team from north London could well benefit. 

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