June 13, 2021
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first_imgCalls from Arsenal fans pleading for manager Arsene Wenger to sign Karim Benzema have increased, if that was possible.The Gunners could not find a way past West Ham’s defence in their opening Premier League game and so more firepower appears to be a priority.BELLERIN IS PICKING BENZEMA UP FROM THE AIRPORT – DEFENDER’S ABSENCE EXPLAINED?Here, talkSPORT rounds up the latest news surrounding no.1 target Benzema.Benzema to eclipse Ozil as Arsenal top earnerAccording to the Mail, the Gunners will offer Real Madrid £45m for Benzema and the player’s earnings will be more than the £150,000-a-week wage Mesut Ozil currently collects. The Germany World Cup winner left Real for Arsenal in 2013 in a £42.5m deal, though Real’s manager Rafa Benitez says he wants to keep Benzema at the Bernabeu. A huge offer could change his mind, though.Signing Benzema does NOT mean Arsenal win titleFormer Arsenal striker Thierry Henry told talkSPORT the Gunners would win the Premier League if they had Benzema in their side, but not according to Wenger. “I respect Thierry Henry a lot for his football knowledge, but it is not as mathematical as that,” the manager explained. “We have to develop our collective game and depend less on one guy who comes in and scores all the goals.”Benzema an ‘exceptional solution’?Following his side’s 2-0 loss against West Ham, Arsene Wenger revealed what would convince him to buy in the transfer window. “I can only repeat: if an exceptional solution turns up we do it,” he said. “But after a defeat like that it’s important not to think we must take a solution from outside.” Does Benzema qualify, Mr Wenger? 1 Arsenal transfer target Karim Benzema last_img read more