Arsenal's considerable struggles in the transfer market this summer have been well-documented. Despite the club hinting that manager Arsene Wenger would be handed significant funds with which to significantly improve his squad ahead of the current campaign, fans have become incredulous at the lack of subsequent signings at the Emirates Stadium in recent months.
After protracted attempts to land unsettled Liverpool striker and Argentinian international Gonzalo Higuain proved ultimately fruitless, Wenger has often appeared worryingly short of other attainable targets on which to spend the bulk of his new-found fortune.
The confusion and sense of anger felt by the majority of Gunners supporters at this total lack of transfer activity was particularly evident last weekend, as the home crowd unleashed a wave of vitriol in the direction of both the manager and the board after the humiliating 3-1 loss at the hands of Paul Lambert's youthful Aston Villa side on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Since that defeat, the speculation regarding potential incomings at Arsenal has rapidly intensified. One of the more persistent rumours to have emerged in recent days concerns a potentially audacious swoop for talented Real Madrid pair Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema - both of whom may be eventual casualties of the Spanish giants' inevitable cost-cutting exercise if they are successful in securing the services of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale for a world record sum.
Although he is perhaps not quite as coveted as he was two or three seasons ago, Benzema is an undeniably formidable marksman whose sheer presence would instantly boost the status of Wenger's attack.
At 25, the Frenchman, who boasts a more than respectable goalscoring record during his time at both Lyon and Real, surely has his best years ahead and his reputation for physicality and strong hold-up play could see him become an incredible asset in the Premier League.
Benzema's ability to easily slot into Wenger's preferred system (4-2-3-1) also makes him an ideal Arsenal transfer candidate. The club are arguably still comfortably stocked with adequate creative midfielders and it is in the final third where they have truly lacked such a clinical presence since the unpopular departure of former favourite Robin van Persie last summer.
On which players Arsenal and Wenger eventually decide to spend their wealth certainly remains to be seen. But, if the club are serious about re-affirming their status as credible contenders both domestically and on the European stage, then Benzema would be a truly excellent signing.
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