The Gunners have been linked to the 27-year-old throughout the transfer window, but there has been no concrete news about a move as of yet. However, this has not stopped their former striker from pointing out the perfect man to follow in his footsteps at the Emirates Stadium.
“I always say it’s their year but there is a genuine buzz around the place right now,” said Henry, “I think they can challenge this year for real if they stay injury-free. Giroud alone as a striker there – you can’t win the league, you need another type of striker.
“I think Giroud is doing really well – he went on to score 14 goals in 18 games, that’s amazing. But sometimes you need a different type of striker and I think that if they can get Benzema, suddenly they are a real title contender and also in the Champions League.”
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Arsene Wenger already has Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, and Joel Campbell to choose from up front, but there are doubts – some more serious than others – about all four at the highest level. Benzema, who scored 22 goals in 47 appearances last season, is proven in the Champions League and La Liga and has been a part of teams that have won both competitions.
Were the North Londoners to sign the France international, he would be their second arrival of the summer. Wenger has already brought Petr Cech to the club from Chelsea, significantly strengthening his defence.