— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) August 24, 2015
This will be a major blow to the Gunners, who may now have to look elsewhere to bolster their front line. If they have to rely on Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to spearhead their attack, then it will be very difficult to keep up with Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League title race. Their rivals have the talents of Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa to call on in the final third.
However, the Gunners still have a chance of bringing in some star quality before the transfer window slams shut. Here are five options for the North London club to go after in the final week…
5) Edinson Cavani, PSG
The Uruguay international has been heavily linked to the Gunners [Metro], and could be perfect up front. Last season he scored 18 goals in 35 Ligue 1 games, and is seen as being at a similar level to Benzema.