World class hitman wanted £40m Arsenal move – reports

By on September 21, 2015

The Benzema-to-Arsenal saga continues to rumble on with the Daily Mail now claiming that the Real Madrid striker wanted to make the move to the Emirates but was prevented from doing so by Florentino Perez.

Benzema was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer with several so-called In The Know’s claiming we were close to striking a deal.

Reports back in late July suggested that Arsene Wenger was confident he’d persuaded the striker to join Arsenal after holding personal talks with the player over the telephone.

In the end, a deal failed to materialise and fans were once again left frustrated in the transfer market as the window closed last month with Arsenal the only club in Europe’s top five league not to sign an outfield player.

However, it looks like we were indeed close to bagging Benzema as the Mirror are citing a report from the Daily Mail that claims the 27-year-old DID want to join Arsenal but a £40m deal was blocked by Madrid president Perez.

The Real supremo is a huge fan of Benzema’s and it appears this played a key part in the break-down of his potential move to North London.

Obviously most fans would have loved to have seen Benzema come to Arsenal as he would have made a huge difference to our team but sadly I think we’ve now missed the boat.

There were doubts over his place in the Madrid team in the summer following the arrival of Rafa Benitez as manager which would no doubt have contributed to the strikers apparent willingness to join Arsenal.

However, he seems settled now and has already scored three La Liga goals, with the Frenchman playing regularly following the long-term injury to James Rodriguez.

No doubt the rumours will probably start up again in January but I think we missed our chance to sign Benzema in the summer.

One Comment

  1. joseph ugbenu

    September 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

    It’s too early for Wenger to start crying. This is the beginning of his downfall in Arsenal and this metamophos to his being kicked out of the club. He keep the transfer kitty for his generation yet unborn. Mourinhno will continue to mock him and he deserves all of that treatment. Bullshit

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