Karim Benzema has been linked with a move to Arsenal ever since his time in France with Lyon, and rumours this summer refuse to go away.
However, outlets have thrown Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski into the mix bowl as an alternative for Arsenal, should the Benzema deal prove too difficult.
In 2013, Wenger actually tried to sign Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund (as many other clubs did), but Bayern Munich was his preferred destination from the start.
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The Telegraph suggests that Arsenal are monitoring Lewandowski closely. Whether Bayern Munich will allow him to leave is a different matter, but money talks and Arsenal may consider breaking the club transfer record of the £42.5 million paid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.
Lewandowski is one of the best players in the game and arguably a better 'centre' forward than Karim Benzema. Both would suit Arsenal’s style of play despite the two players being so different in comparison.
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Go for Benzema?
The French international, 27, is an exceptional link-up player with vision and finesse. He made 29 appearances in La Liga last season scoring 15 goals and creating 44 chances.
People sometimes label him as ‘lazy’, but his quick feet and thinking makes him a constant threat in and outside the box. Benzema is versatile as well reflected in his desire to drift around up front and out on the wings. He would have recorded more goals if Ronaldo wasn’t always there to tap in.
Or go for Lewandowski?
Here, we have a real fox-in-the-box, who can score out of nowhere and hassle defenders in the process. Lewandowski, 26, also has permission to drift for Bayern Munich and has on a few occasions featured on the wing, but he would prefer a central role consistently; no doubt whatsoever.
He actually scored fewer goals than Benzema last season with 17 goals in 31 appearances, but has issues with Guardiola’s tactics, which have affected his game negatively. Of course, he was never going to be as important to Bayern Munich as he was to Dortmund with player such as Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Thomas Muller etc. stealing the spotlight.
Arsenal must act!
Arsenal must buy a clinical man up front as Olivier Giroud seems unfit for the task combined with Walcott and Welbeck pushed out on the flanks against their desire.
Abandoning Karim Benzema to pursue Lewandowski; an impossible transfer for another it would seem. However, with Arsenal’s well-known financial firepower and the need for a top class striker, it is understandable to suggest that Wenger may push through a move for the player he decides on.
Both players are reported to be ‘happy’ at their clubs, but as Madrid have moved Ronaldo into a more central role, Benzema has been left on the bench. At Bayern Munich, Lewandowski is believed to have an unstable relationship with manager Pep Guardiola and is unsatisfied with his tactics despite being valued greatly by the fans.
In addition, Guardiola has already endured scientism regarding his work after previous manager Jupp Heinckes and might not want to upset the fans by selling the striker.
In any case, both players would instantly make Arsenal a better team - just like Petr Cech. Bayern Munich would probably demand a fee in the range of £40 million, and Arsenal have reportedly had a bid of £31 million for Benzema rejected.
However, Arsenal stated that they would pay the fee necessary for world class players considered worth the sum by Arsene Wenger. Arsenal might also have to reframe their ‘approach’ for desired players and act more ‘aggressively’ without breaking the rules.
Sometimes, it is worth splashing the cash for key players early on to avoid a bidding war with ‘heavyweights’ in the transfer market. The again, should Arsenal not act as ‘heavyweights’ and show their strength and intend?
Imagine, you are the Arsenal manager and willing to pay the wanted sum for either of these two players. You must buy either Benzema or Lewandowski. Which striker do you buy and why?