Since the beginning of the summer rumours have been surfacing about Karim Benzema's possible move to Arsenal.
While the move may come to fruition if Arsene Wenger is willing to play the waiting game, it seems unlikely that Real Madrid will be willing to let the striker go.
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Here are a few more reasons as to why Benzema may not be coming to London.
Real Madrid does not have a direct replacement
The closest thing Real have to a direct replacement for Benzema is a buy-back clause for Alvaro Morata. The buy-back is said to be around £20million for the young Juventus striker. But even if Madrid were to recall the youngster, it seems as though Benzema would still be first choice.
Benzema has always been one of Florentino Perez's favorites and it's unlikely he will be allowed to leave until a proper replacement is in place. Madrid have a history of unloading players rather quickly in a bid to make extra cash for big moves, Mesut Ozil being a good example of that, so, unless Real are planning to sign a direct replacement, it may not happen.
Wenger has multiple options at his disposal
Statistically, Benzema and Olivier Giroud had similar seasons for their respective clubs last time out. Benzema scored a total of 15 goals in La Liga while Giroud totalled 14 in the Premier League. They both boast a shot accuracy of around 50% and have good pass completion rates.
Benzema definitely surpasses Giroud when it comes to creativity. The Real striker completed ten assists to Giroud's three. However, Giroud does take a more active part in defence than Benzema does for Real. Both strikers have their pros and cons, but do Arsenal need a replacement for a position that is already well taken care of.
Wenger may not be willing to spend big
If there is one thing that Arsenal's boss is known for, it's his economical outlook in the transfer window. Wenger spent big on Ozil, splashing £42m on the German midfielder. Other than that, and of course the Alexis Sanchez deal of last summer, Wenger has always been reluctant to spend big.
Would he be willing to spend that much money on Karim Benzema?
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