He may have clinched the surprise signing of Alexis Sanchez this summer, but there’s no questioning the fact that what Arsene Wenger covets most in the transfer window is the addition of a lethal goal scorer.
Benzema deal off
Sanchez may be brilliant when allowed space in the pockets around the opposition defence, but it’s a striker with Luis Suarez-like instincts in and around the box who would give the Gunners the best chance at launching a sustained bid for the Premier League title.
One man the Frenchman won’t be able to turn to is Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, despite the fact that he has been linked with a move for him since the end of last season. Madrid’s insistence on constantly improving their squad prompted many to believe that Benzema would be sold in order to raise funds for the pursuits of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, but the 26-year-old has now agreed to a new five-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu worth €8m-a-year.
Of course it means that there’s now absolutely no chance of him gracing the Premier League in Arsenal colours next term, and so Wenger will have to turn his attentions to other avenues. The likes of Loic Remy and Romelu Lukaku rank high amongst the options the Frenchman can turn to, though a player of Benzema's class and pedigree - he's rated at £40million - would have undoubtedly helped matters at the Emirates Stadium.
Last season perhaps their biggest shortcoming was the lack of a natural finisher, and with a midfield which boasts Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and now Sanchez, Wenger will be confident of success if he can land a player capable of putting the chances they create to bed.
It is however good news on the defensive front, as the Gunners yesterday confirmed the signing of right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
With Bacary Sagna having left for Manchester City it had become imperative that Wenger found a suitable replacement, and the £10million Debuchy, with his 25 France caps and 43 appearances in the Premier League, clearly fits the bill.
That being said he isn't the only full-back who could be vying for a first-team spot next year, with interest from north London still high in both Javi Manquillo and Calum Chambers. The former is keen to get more game-time following a relatively barren season at Atletico Madrid, whilst the latter is regarded as a top talent to watch for the future.