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Arsenal should have no problem beating Manchester United to Benzema

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Every football team has those players they are perennially linked with every summer transfer window.

For Arsenal, that player is fast becoming Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. It seems like the perfect match - frustrated at his current club Real Madrid, the world-class striker Arsenal have craved since Robin van Persie's departure and, of course, he is French.

Benzema seemed destined for a move to the Emirates Stadium last summer as Arsene Wenger loosened the purse strings and went head first into Real Madrid's clearance sale. He was reportedly available for the right price, along with Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil. As any conscious football fan will tell you that Wenger opted for the latter.

A similar pattern is emerging this summer. Wenger has the funds and is in dire need of a world-class striker. The only problem is the Gunners reportedly face a formidable rival for Benzema in the form of Manchester United.

If there is one club that needs to strengthen more than Arsenal this summer, it is Manchester United. After finishing seventh in a disastrous campaign, a £200m overhaul is being prepared. Officials at Old Trafford are seemingly willing to pay big to secure signings without the hassle; £27m for Luke Shaw is testament to that.

As they look to reinforce their forward line, which has struggled in Robin van Persie's absence, you can see them blowing a chunk of that £200m on Benzema and they are interested. They could sign him in a flash, if they wanted to. £30m to Real Madrid, match Benzema's £130,000-a-week wages and he is surely theirs. 

But if Wenger allows that to happen, he should concede that he is simply not capable of doing his job anymore. Arsenal are, at least for now, the more attractive club to join between them and Manchester United. The Red Devils have no Champions League football next season and a very uncertain future as they move into a post-Sir Alex Ferguson era after a hangover of a season.

Arsenal may not be as rich as Manchester United but they are certainly equipped to pay the money Real Madrid and Benzema want. The only thing that can stop them landing the French striker is Wenger, who is infamously indecisive when it comes to signing players.

We've all heard the stories, club officials agreeing big deals for big players only to be told Wenger has had a change of heart. It seemed that way in January where he didn't seem sure whether or not to buy Julian Draxler or not: his interest has reportedly died for sure since then.

Under Louis van Gaal, you can be sure Manchester United would not hesitate to sign Benzema. He has had a glorious season with the Spanish giants but still finds himself as a scapegoat when things turn sour. Luis Suarez may well be coming in, meaning he will have to go.

Arsenal must take the chance to beat Manchester United to top targets while they are weak. It won't be long before the sleeping giant at Old Trafford wakes up and returns to the top. Benzema should be the first of many transfer battles Arsenal will win this summer. If Wenger fails, he needs to call into question whether he can be successful in an accelerating environment that is the transfer window.

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