Arsene Wenger: Arsenal and Real Madrid strikers can work together

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Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema can form a deadly partnership in attack for France - but says they have work to do.

France sit behind Spain in their World Cup qualifying group as they look to book a place in Brazil next summer.

Les Blues recently went 500 minutes without scoring a goal while Benzema hasn't scored for his country since before Euro 2012.

Wenger, who bought Giroud to Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012, believes the pair can work alongside one another despite their similarities, but only if the put the effort in away from the pitch.

Writing in his Eurosport column the Gunners manager said: "As for whether Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema can play together … they can, yes. But up until now, their partnership hasn’t worked so they must find another way.

"It’s always hard. But you must have guys who are giving good assists as well as guys who can score.

"Right now, those who fail to score are always being singled out. But a question must be answered: do we have enough guys giving good assists?

"I think France are lacking something in this regard."

France go up against Australia in a friendly later this evening, before their final World Cup qualifier against Finland at the Stade de France.

Level on points with La Roja having played a game more, the play-offs look the more likely avenue for Didier Deschamps' side to secure their spot.

Wenger also believes another one of his Arsenal players, Mathieu Flamini, deserves a call-up to the France national team after re-joining the Gunners in the summer.

"I think Mathieu Flamini can earn a recall to the French national side," he said.

"It might too soon to call him up immediately, but I would have thought that Didier Deschamps would call on him at some point.

"He is very focused, he is experienced and he has recovered physically. He is a winner, so I think he has a chance. Deschamps had his players in mind this time, so why not another time? He has performed well lately.

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