Chelsea & Arsenal should target Karim Benzema in January

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Chelsea and Arsenal have a number of things in common with each other.

They both have well esteemed coaches, check. They both have a good wealth of midfield talent, check. They both need a world-class striker, check.

Whilst the first two are points that fans of the respective sides can boast about, the latter is a definite problem that needs to be addressed.

Neither side lacks for striking options, this much can be said. However the type of quality needed up top to maintain a realistic title challenge is not present when you look at the two sides' current frontmen.

With the exception of Olivier Giroud, Arsenal are bereft of any sort of figure who can be relied upon to score them goals in trivial matches, let alone when their abilities are really put under the spotlight.

Chelsea, on paper perhaps, can lay claim to having three players who have proven themselves capable in the past. But for me the Fernando Torres of old was a ship that sailed a long time ago, Demba Ba isn't confident or prolific enough to cope at the highest level and the days of Samuel Eto'o having the ability to put the scare into the world's best centre-backs seem to have been left behind somewhere in Russia.

So what to do?

Chelsea have the benefit of knowing that Romelu Lukaku is at most a couple of seasons away from becoming a Didier Drogba-esque battering ram capable of spearheading an assault on the Premier League, but Mourinho's arrival was supposed to herald a period of immediate transition from would-be challenger to perennial champions.

Arsenal are in dyer straights when it comes to a natural born goal getter. Remove Giroud from the picture and they have no one to apply the finishing touches to the masterful tapestries of play they regularly create.

With the signing of Mesut Ozil they loaded yet more creativity to a midfield already capable of manufacturing chances from dawn til dusk, but if their current French forward should fall victim to injury or sustain a dip in form, their immediate goal threat all but goes out the window, along with any hopes they harbour of sneaking the title away from their rivals. 

It's ironically one of Ozil's former teammates that provides the solution to both clubs in my opinion.

Karim Benzema is a proven goalscorer at the very highest of levels, and despite regularly finding the net at Real Madrid, is not half as loved as he maybe deserves.

It was reported that Arsene Wenger had highlighted the Frenchman as a target over the summer, but whatever negotiations may have taken place clearly fell through fairly quickly, because Benzema remains a Los Blancos man.

Admittedly if he maintains his scoring streak for the Spanish giants then it would take some amount of money to prise him away, but even under that circumstance what you are getting in return is the guarantee of a steady flow of goals.

Chelsea could do with his clinical edge and Arsenal could most certainly benefit from another top class finisher to accompany Giroud.

With the sale of Ozil it became clear that Madrid are willing to sell proven world-class footballers if they deem them surplus to requirements, and in the wake of the massive expense dished out to bring Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu, the next transfer window may be a time when they would be slightly more open to selling a striker such as Benzema in order to recoup some loss.

For me Benzema is one of the best in the world, and an incredibly viable option all things considered.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal would be massively boosted by the arrival of a certified hitman, and unless Madrid outright refuse a sale- which seems pretty unlikely- he should be the primary target for messrs Mourinho and Wenger.


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