Karim Benzema fears that rejecting interest from Arsenal to stay at Real Madrid may have been a big mistake.
The France striker was the subject of intense speculation in the summer transfer window with Arsene Wenger believed to have sounded him out over a move to the Emirates. The Gunners set aside as much as €50million to sign Benzema, but he chose to stay and serve under new manager Rafa Benitez.
Benzema confirmed his commitment to Real Madrid on August 24, using his official Twitter account to suggest that only "clowns" were linking him with a move away. But now, according to El Confidencial, the 28-year-old is already starting to think those clowns were talking sense.
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Kiki Marin, a well-known journalist amongst Arsenal fans, has suggested that life under Benitez is not as rosy as Benzema had hoped it would be; a claim backed up by comments made by the striker himself earlier this week.
After being taken off in five of Real Madrid's opening six La Liga games, Benzema claimed to be "fed up" with seeing his name on the substitutions board.
From the moment Benitez took charge at the Bernabeu, reports started to stir that either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale would be given the responsibility of being Real Madrid's lone striker.
Such a decision would have obviously come at Benzema's expense and seems to have inspired Arsenal's tentative interest. While Benzema has been given time to impress, the constant substituting shows that Benitez is still toying with the idea of giving the full-time role to someone else.
As a result, Benzema is wondering whether he should have asked to move in the summer and taken the chance to join a French footballing icon in north London.