Gunners had been heavily linked with the France forward.
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Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has ruled out the north London club making a move for highly rated Real Madrid front man Karim Benzema when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports in the Guardian.
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The Premier League leaders have been heavily linked with a number of big-name strikers in recent weeks, especially with the Gunners relying at present solely on the goals up front of Frenchman Olivier Giroud.
And as well as apparent interest in Benzema, the north Londoners have also been mentioned in the same breath as mercurial Liverpool forward Luis Suarez too, after the club failed with two big-money offers for the Uruguay international during the close season.
However, Wenger has now revealed that he will not be approaching the Spanish giants at the turn of the year to discuss the possibility of luring their coveted attacker to the Emirates.
The Frenchman, when questioned on the possibility of the Gunners signing Benzema at the turn of the year, replied his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s Premier League encounter with Southampton on Saturday: “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
Benzema, 25, has managed to record an impressive six goals and five assists in just 12 La Liga outings for Carlo Ancelotti’s side so far in this campaign.