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Arsenal want Karim Benzema but won't move for Gonzalo Higuain

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still keen on signing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, but knows he is fighting a losing battle to land the Frenchman according to the Daily Mail.

He will not move to sign an alternative if Real Madrid's stance over the former Lyon man doesn't budge, and won't make an offer for Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain who was close to joining the Gunners back in 2013.

As it stands Olivier Giroud will once more lead the line for Arsenal next season despite coming in for criticism from club-record scorer Thierry Henry.

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Giroud managed 14 Premier League goals last season and has 41 since joining Arsenal back in 2012. Despite that Wenger is seemingly in the market to land a upgrade as he chases the league title next season, but only if he can get Benzema.

The 27-year-old may find his game time with Madrid next season limited, with new boss Rafa Benitez toying with the idea of using Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale as his main striker, however the Spanish giants aren't contemplating selling at the moment.

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They could change their mind if a viable replacement becomes available, such as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, however that isn't a priority for them at the moment.

Higuain has been linked with a move to north London for some time now, and he is keen on leaving Italy with the Premier League a possible destination. Arsenal were close to sealing a deal for the Argentinian forward two years ago, but his stock has fallen in recent months thanks to two high-profile penalty misses in Serie A and the Copa America.

Options

That means that Wenger will use winger Theo Walcott as a back-up option to Giroud, while Alexis Sanchez's goals last term means that the Gunners boss feels comfortable going in to the new campaign with his current options.

His biggest doubt is Danny Welbeck, who failed to impress following his £16 million move from Manchester United and is currently a doubt for the first game of the season through injury.

Opinion

This seems to be a sensible move from Wenger. Benzema is his number one option and if he is not available then there's no point in chasing a lesser alternative.

Higuain is a top quality striker and could do a job for Arsenal, however if Wenger doesn't have faith in him then there's no point in chasing after a deal. Arsenal fans will no doubt be worried over the lack of a new striker, and the great fear is that it may derail their title chances. Only time will tell.

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