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Arsenal Reportedly Set to Move for £22m Real Madrid Striker: Emirates Boss Keen On Benzema

Wenger hopes to attract Bernabeu flop to the Emirates.

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Apr 10, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain - Karim Benzema. Real Madrid vs Barcelona - Liga at Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Arsenal are considering making a move for Real Madrid bench warmer Karim Benzema according to reports coming from Spain. Arsene Wenger believes that the arrival of Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu could leave the French international with no choice other than to leave the La Liga giants.

The Gunners boss was heavily linked with a move for the 22 year old when he was a prolific finisher at Lyon but the Emirates manager was unable to seal a deal for the well built forward. Benzema had a nightmare first season at Real Madrid where he failed to get much of a look in and when called upon was unable to prove himself to then boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Jose Mourinho has been linked with a number of new strikers and could well look to bring the likes of Diego Milito from Inter Milan. The lack of first team opportunities cost the youngster his place in Raymond Domenech’s World Cup squad but that may well have been a blessing in disguise given the nightmare that turned out to be for all concerned.

Wenger has been linked with moves to bring more attacking options to the club and the £22m rated French international would be something of a transfer coup but one that is not totally unrealistic considering the mutual respect the player and boss have for reportedly have for each other.

Previous interest in the French Internationa – ARSENE WENGER is ready to go head to head with Sir Alex Ferguson for the signaure of Karim Benzema in the knowledge that the 21-year-old France striker would rather join Arsenal this summer than Manchester United. (Times Online)

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