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Belgian Striker Reveals ‘Love’ For Arsenal
Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Cristian Benteke reveals his love for Arsenal.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has revealed his love for Arsenal and claims Gunners legend Thierry Henry is his idol, according to the Daily Mail.
The Belgian ace has become an instant his at Villa Park since making a £7m move from Genk in the summer, and has scored four goals in nine games so far to make him Paul Lambert’s first choice striker ahead of £24m signing Darren Bent.
However, Benteke may have angered a proportion of the Villa support by admitting Arsenal are the club of his heart and he admires the philosophy of Arsene Wenger’s side. The 21-year-old also cited Gunners legend Thierry Henry as his hero and named him as the best player in the world.
‘Arsenal are the club I love,’ Benteke said. ‘I like their philosophy of selecting young players and, besides, they had Thierry Henry.
‘For me he is the best player in the world and was my boyhood idol. I’m not afraid of making enemies at Villa by saying I love Arsenal.’
Benteke is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail
The Belgian international, who scored during a 2-1 defeat to Romania on Wednesday, also revealed that he thought Villa were based in London when he first joined before throwing his long-term future at the club into doubt, saying he’s a Villa player ‘for now’. He continued:
‘When I joined Villa I didn’t know where they played. I thought they were a London club!
‘One can say worse things. I’m a Villa player for now. They’re the right club at the right time.’
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While every player is allowed to ‘support’ a different team to the one they play for, it’s never a clever idea to voice it so vociferously within the first few months of joining a new club! But from what i’ve seen of him so far Benteke seems a decent player, maybe Arsene should stick a cheeky bid in in the summer? We could do with a few more players who ‘love’ us rather than having eyes on the Barcelona’s of this world.
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