Sky Sports' Thierry Henry has come out yet again in voicing his desire for Arsenal to sign a star striker - and he thinks Karim Benzema could be that man.
Henry is quoted as saying "If you get Benzema, not only will you challenge for the league, but you also challenge for the Champions League.".
Henry went on to add: "[Arsenal] need that type of striker who can be different to Olivier Giroud. Him alone as a striker all season, he is very good at what he does but you need to have that type of striker who can stretch a defence, a guy that can go in behind."
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This comes off the back of the Arsenal legend's public suggestion that Arsenal require a star to lead the line.
And he is not the only former Arsenal man to show an interest in the Real Madrid star. Ian Wright posted the single word tweet "Benzema" as mentioned earlier this week by Pete South.
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The outcry for Benzema appears to be getting louder with Santi Cazorla also quoted as saying "Benzema fits into any team. The good players fit well in every side. He has quality and would adapt great.".
With so much pressure from those connected with the club Le Gaffeur still appears unmoved.
When confronted with the proposition of a move for Benzema in his Friday morning press conference Wenger responded: "I never came out on Benzema, it's just media talk.". Despite this, the Arsenal manager did add that all too familiar line “I’m happy with the squad, if someone turns up then we can still do it.”.
It seems despite the best intentions of Arsenal's two striking greats we are no closer to a conclusion on the transfer saga that has rattled on all summer.
The resurgence of the Benzema to Arsenal gossip may be seen as a result of unsubstantiated tweets posted by the Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli who suggested that a deal was in place, although no official returns have yet been made on these comments.
The only official word from Madrid is from manager Rafa Benitez who stated that Benzema is not going anywhere. Benitez was asked about Benzema in a press conference and responded as such: "My answer is that I think Benzema is going to stay with us. I'm very happy with him. There's no reason to think that he's going to go.".
Benzema would certainly be an upgrade on Arsenal's current striking options, although perhaps Wenger will favour an ethos of "cohesion" and not risk any new, potentially disruptive additions to the squad.
One thing is for certain, and with the opening weekend upon us, it is seemingly so that the ongoing Benzema rumours are set to continue into the new season proper.
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