Widespread reports that broke earlier on today had Arsenal fans buzzing with excitement as it was said that the Gunners were ready to pay £40million for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. As much as we’d like to concur we’re here to tell you that the rumours are nothing but lies, and we’ve got comments from Arsene Wenger to back up that bold claim. The Frenchman has rubbished rumours that he has made a bid for Benzema, stating that he didn’t know where the story had been conjured. Nice try whoever started the gossip, but Wenger’s too switched on to be swindled like that. In more positive north London news Hector Bellerin is to be handed a new four-year deal with the Gunners despite increasing interest from Barcelona. The Spaniard enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last term and looks to be the part, hence why Wenger is trying to tie him down as soon as possible.