Wenger Makes Progress With Bargain Benzema Pursuit

By on May 26, 2011

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may finally make that big name signing that many have been crying for for a while. He has already confirmed that Arsenal will be having a far busier summer than usual in the transfer market, but now he has, somewhat uncharacteristically, gone ahead and named the player he wants.

Karim Benzema is that player, a player who is owned by Real Madrid and who was bought in 2009 for €35 million. Wenger may be interested in Benzema now simply because the 23 year-old Frenchman only has 1 year left on his contract and could go for as little as £7 million.

If Wenger can somehow persuade Madrid to let go of Benzema for as little as £7 million, it would be an absolute bargain of a buy, and Arsenal fans would surely be appeased for the time being. Wenger said:

“Viewed from the outside, signing him does not seem impossible. He’s a player that I like.”

“He’s intelligent in his movement, he is capable of combining well with others and making a difference, and of doing individual moves as well.”

“So, for me, he’s a player who’s at the top level in the world.”

Benzema has scored 26 and assisted 9 goals in 48 appearances for Madrid this season and has settled down well after a poor first season in front of goal at the Bernabeu.

Consider Arsenal’s current crop of players and how much they cost Wenger, and you would be impressed. Robin van Persie cost as little as £2.75 million from Feyenoord in 2004 which was a fantastic deal in hindsight, taking into account the 95 goals and 53 assists he has collected in just 230 appearances for Arsenal.

Samir Nasri was also a bargain in today’s market, with Arsene grabbing him from Marseille for only around £12 million while Tomas Rosicky cost Arsenal a reported £7 million from Burussia Dortmund in 2006 when he had cost Dortmund a Bundesliga record of £18 million five years earlier.

What I am trying to say is, although Wenger has been criticised many a time in the past for his reluctance to spend, it is often because he has a knack of grabbing very good players on the cheap. Of course, he has let a few key players slip through his fingers because of this policy, but it seems with the confirmation of the Benzema interest, he is making some progress in the transfer market – something that can only be pleasing for Arsenal fans.

Tell me what you think!

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29 Comments

  1. EMERY EMEKA

    May 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

    ONLY IF HE CAN SUCCEED AND NOT SPECULATE ABOUT IT. EDEN HAZARD ALSO IS NEEDED COS HE IS GOOD PLS SIGN THEM WISH HIM LUCK.

    • njoku chijioke

      May 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      it was a good read and it will please all arsenal fans to have bensema in arsenal shirt come next season.

  2. Tim Francis

    May 26, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This was a good read. I’m glad other people are taking note of Wenger interest as I too believe this to be a real prospect. Good article, posted it on my blog.

  3. GoonerB

    May 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Emery Emeka, I too have looked at Hazard and am impressed. He is blessed with skill but will his nifty footwork become a consistent end product at the highest level. I am not so sure I wouldn’t prefer Gotze who is also blessed with great ability on the ball and is a great young prospect. The reasons for this are that firstly I think the Bundesliga is at a slightly higher level than the French league and he turned in 33 appearances for Dortmund grabbing a few goals but a lot of assists, and I believe he also put in some great performances against top teams like Munich. This shows he can have an influence at the highest level and not just against slightly inferior teams. Secondly the very fact he is German mneans he will have been brought up to have a mental toughness and also physically the German league is more like ours meaning less time to adapt.

  4. Anon

    May 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    But does Benzema want to leave ? I remember reading a couple of weeks ago that he wanted to stay at madrid?

    Further more i just read madrid have fired their current sporting director so for the time being Jose is in control of transfers … will the guy let things go smoothly or lose a player like benzema for a mere 7 million?

    However, as clichy has said he wants to go and madrid have been interested in him for ages maybe a swap deal could work… possibly even add a little extra money but in my opinion a swap deal considering they both have 1 year left would fair … well maybe give them a little bit of money as since when is a defender worth more then an attacker?

  5. abdull

    May 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    let him com

  6. abdull

    May 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    yea karim we want him

  7. goon4life

    May 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    What i have come to learn over the years is that transfer speculation, is just that – transfer speculation. Until i actually see that wenger says ‘we are buying this player’, or ‘we have bought this player’ than it is unlikely we will…in wenger we rust…

  8. flo

    May 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    We all know this is just speculation and we wont be signing him…. Plus I know we’ve just tabled a bid for Falcao of Porto so, if we went in for Benzema as well what formation would we play? I don’t see out style working in a 4-4-2.

    • yann

      May 27, 2011 at 5:46 am

      We can play a 4-2-2-2

      or we can play a 4-2-3-1, with Benzema in front, RVP behind, Walcott and Nasri on wings. Song + another midfielder.

      I like the 4-2-2-2 myself. I think its best when RVP and Benzema can both have freedom to move around, instead of leaving one of them static

    • Suvi

      May 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

      play in a 4-2-2-2 formation……buy defenders like serdar tasci,aly cissokho or hector moreno.play armand traore this season and see the progress.make sure that cesc and samir stays,if they dont buy mario gotze or isla.the team will look like this……
      sczeszny
      sagna djourou vermaelen traore
      song wilshere
      walcott nasri
      rvp karim

  9. Tiyan Mhango

    May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Benzema and van persie can make a good partnership!

  10. Loyal fan

    May 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Even if he dont want to leave Madrid he kinda will be forced to as Tevez and Aguero look to be moving in which will send Karim down the ranks. He would wanna join us as he is “best mates” with Nasri, we have french players and manager, play champions league football and have an amazing stadium… why rot on the bench, when he could be playing week in week out?

  11. KeepinTheFaith

    May 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I find it SO annoyning as an Arsenal supporter, that we demand upwards of 60mill for some of our star players- yet when we want to sign an astablished world-beater, AW refuses to spend anymore than a third of what he would demand! Its rediculas!

    • Saga Sphinx

      May 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      Which club have we ever demanded £60 million from for a player? Our highest ever player sale was Anelka for £27 million, which Madrid bid straight up! The highest prices I’ve ever heard touted by Arsenal for a player are … none…zero…a big fat zilch. You must be a very well informed insider. (Sarcasm…In case you never noticed)

    • JEL

      May 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Why would you find that annoying? I don’t understand. And we don’t demand 60 million for some of our players, only Fabregas! He’s young, has a long term contract with us, and is currently one of the best players and passers in the world, hence, why he is so expensive. I agree with you though that Wenger needs to be competing to sign the best in the world if he wants to start winning trophies…

  12. gooners

    May 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Benzema Contract until 30.06.2015 at Real Madrid,why can’t it been 1 year left??

  13. armagharsenal

    May 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Karim Benzema signed for Madrid in July 2009 and signed a 6 year contract at 120,000 euros a week! So he would cost a whole lot more than 7 million! Triple that and ud be closer! And if he was for sale someone else would put an offer in and offer him more money so we wouldn’t get him! I’d love to see him up front for us with RVP but I’m afraid I’ll probably never see it!

  14. alon muk

    May 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    as a fun i have always admired Karim Benzema’s approach and style so if arsenal c’d in any way forge this deal with real madrid i am pretty sure it will be fantastic for arsenal.

  15. gooner92

    May 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    what a load of crap he doesnt have 1 year left on his contract! terible

  16. Leo

    May 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Wenger is under a lot of pressure at the moment and is not someone to publicly say who he is interested in buying. I think this is just a strategy to shut the fans up, especially after the “spend more money” cries by the Arsenal fans at the Fulham game. What do you guys think?

  17. Adam

    May 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Hahahahhahahahaha, letz talk straight, we all knw wenger is gonna fall out ryt? Hahahahahhahahahahaha 😀

  18. Alexandar

    May 27, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Benzema has contract until 2015. Look at transfermarkt.de.

  19. The BearMan

    May 27, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Still only rumours, The Bear will continue to enjoy his honey and watch the happenings!

    My only hope is that Mr. Wenger does not continue to diddle dally and be left on the starting block come the start of the new season. Again!

  20. Eleanor

    May 27, 2011 at 1:57 am

    He was purchased in 2009 on a SIX year deal.

    If Arsenal wanted to buy him he’d cost £20M plus. (RM paid £30M plus).

    The question is whether AW’s list has Benzema ahead of Falcao and Gameiro.

    Of the three Falcao will be a problem as he plays for Colombia and is out of synch with European international football. They’ll be times when he’ll be unavailable. Which might make the two Frenchmen more attractive. Plus there’s the question of money.

    But to think Benzema can be snapped up for £7M is rubbish.

  21. Matt

    May 27, 2011 at 2:22 am

    as others have pointed out benzema has 4 years left at Real and won’t be sold for any less than 20mil. If i was part of footballtalk.co.uk i would fire this journo how can you make such a basic error.

  22. tuncasjo

    May 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

    let wenger buy whatsoever he wants to buy but most buy experience prayers like Cahill,Samba,Benzema,Parker,Alvarez and so on

  23. ishaq

    May 27, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Let Mr. AW sign who ever he wants, if he doesnt win two major trpy next season, we will kick his Ass out of Emirate.

  24. joker

    May 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

    bought for £11million and sold for about £20million. thus, wenger was essentially paid £9mil for thierry henry to play his best years at arsenal.

    not bad eh?

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