Arsenal target declares: I’m fed up of being taken off

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is upset with the frequency of which he is substituted by boss Rafa Benitez according to

The 27-year-old French international, who was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer, is the top scorer in La Liga this term but despite this fact Rafa Benitez has hauled off the former Lyon man in no less than five of Benzema’s six domestic league appearances this season.

“Substitutions are what the coach decides, I’m just there to help my team-mates,” Benzema stated.

“It’s true I’m fed up of being taken off. I’m calm and will continue to work so I’m not always subtituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons.

“It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9. Ask Benitez why that is.” Benzema added according to quotes reported by


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Real Madrid sit second in La Liga behind surprise leaders Villarreal with Benitez’s men ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona by virtue of goal-difference.

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