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Arsene Wenger gives Mikel Arteta his candid opinion on Karim Benzema transfer links

Arsene Wenger has given his opinion regarding the potential signing of Karim Benzema this January from Saudi Arabia.

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Arsenal continues to be linked with a move for former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Mikel Arteta is facing divergent assessments from two iconic Gunners figures, Arsene Wenger and Emmanuel Petit, regarding the potential signing of the Ballon d’Or winner.

The Gunners have recently been linked with a move for the Saudi-based striker to address their scoring struggles following consecutive defeats in their last three games against West Ham, Fulham, and Liverpool.

Amidst the offensive woes and mounting pressure from the fanbase for reinforcements in January, speculation has arisen that Arteta could pursue Benzema, who is currently playing for Saudi side Al-Ittihad. The French striker is reportedly seeking a new challenge after a challenging start in the Saudi Pro League this season.

Karim Benzema is a surprise transfer target for Arsenal this January (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Wenger appears open to the idea of Benzema moving to the Emirates. He had previously attempted to sign Benzema during his tenure at Arsenal, and emphasised the striker’s ability to enhance the performance of those around him. 

Wenger stated, “He played the game based on passing and connections, so he was an ideal player up front. He’s a striker who makes people around him better, and sometimes you have strikers who score goals but they make players around them worse. He’s not one of them. If you put Benzema in the team, I would want to play with him.”

On the other hand, Arsenal legend Petit is less convinced about the feasibility of Benzema’s return to the Premier League. Expressing concerns about the financial aspects, Petit questioned whether English clubs could match the salary offered in Saudi Arabia. 

He also emphasised the physical and mental challenges of the Premier League, suggesting that, at 34 years old, Benzema might not be inclined to make the switch. Petit recommended Arsenal explore alternative options, stating, “I’m not confident Arsenal should go for Benzema; they should go for someone else.”

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