Santi Cazorla says he would like to see Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema join Arsenal, but doubts Arsene Wenger will be able to complete a deal this summer. His comments follow reports that the Gunners are considering a £45million move in the coming days.
Benzema has been perennially linked with a move to Arsenal over several summer windows with Wenger coming closest to agreeing a deal in 2013. Having originally enquired about signing the striker, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez eventually directed them towards Mesut Ozil instead.
The 27-year-old is firm favourite of Cristiano Ronaldo, but has never been the prolific marksman that the Bernabeu crowd demands. There have been whispers that new manager Rafa Benitez would allow Ronaldo the opportunity to become that central figure next season, leaving Benzema on the sidelines.
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Cazorla has previously urged Wenger to sign a true striker to aid Arsenal's title challenge, questioning whether Theo Walcott can fulfil the role that was given to him in last season's FA Cup final, as well as the recent Community Shield.
The Spanish playmaker has confirmed that Benzema would fit the bill, but does believes a deal to bring the Frenchman to north London this summer will prove impossible.
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He told Cope Radio: “Benzema is a great player. Everyone would like to have him on their team, but the coach already has a squad and probably will not find another forward.”
Arsenal certainly did not look in need of a world-class star on Sunday as they grafted a 1-0 win over Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the decisive goal in the game while both Walcott and Olivier Giroud enjoyed a spell up front.
The dynamism in the current Arsenal squad is something Jose Mourinho would have been jealous of. His Chelsea side were desperately missing the presence of Diego Costa, who continues to succumb to niggling injuries.
"People are very excited to win this weekend at Chelsea...but we have experience of losing matches you can’t lose if you want to win the league"
Dynamic in attack
Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez make up quintet of Arsenal stars capable of scoring double figures ahead of the new season. Making Benzema a focal point for goalscoring could serve to disrupt what is already looking like the Premier League's most varied attack.
Cazorla, too, wanted to reiterate that Arsenal have what it takes to win the Premier League with their current crop of stars.
He continued: “We have to try to show that level to fight against Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. People are very excited to win this weekend at Chelsea, but the League is the most important and we have experience of losing matches you can’t lose if you want to win the league. We must learn from it. The aim is to fight for the Premier League, but looking from Sunday to Sunday, not long-term.”
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