Arsenal legend Ian Wright has criticised his former club for their pursuit of Karim Benzema, claiming they should have acted more decisively to acquire the Real Madrid striker before the transfer deadline.
The Gunners, as they seemingly have for the last three years, have been linked with Benzema for the duration of the summer transfer window and there was optimism among supporters that their side would finally land the Frenchman.
However, with the deadline fast approaching, Arsenal seem to have made little progress with regards Benzema, who recently poured cold water on speculation by stating that Madrid is his ‘home’.
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Wright, though, believes Arsenal would have been able to acquire Benzema had they been more determined to get a deal over the line, with the former striker stating his belief that contact had been made with the 27-year-old.
Speaking on BT Sport following Arsenal’s narrow victory over Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off, Wright said the north London club had been ‘embarrassing’ in the transfer market and is resigned to, at best, a last minute panic buy.
Arsene Wenger had appeared to set out his stall early in the window when Arsenal pulled off the notable coup of signing Petr Cech from Chelsea, and fans hoped similar high-profile transfers would follow.
But, alas, the summer has had a similar feel to most for Gunners and time is ticking for Wenger to make amends and reinvigorate his side’s challenge for the Premier League title.
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