Arsenal not giving up on Benzema transfer

Arsenal are not ready to give up on their hopes of signing Real Madrid star, Karim Benzema, after a summer full of transfer rumours linking him with the club which have thus far only left Arsenal fans disappointed and wanting. 

However, The Guardian and The Telegraph have both reported that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are still holding out to try and secure a deal for the 27-year-old, perhaps in a fashion similar to which Mesut Ozil was signed on the last day of the 2013 transfer window for a club record £42.5m.

Real Madrid manager, Rafa Benitez, has already publicly stated his desire to keep both Benzema and Bale at the club next season, and Wenger has also claimed that there was nothing in the rumours; yet it is a transfer story that just won’t go away, and for the optimists among us, you must think there is something in these non-stop stories.

The Frenchman has not travelled to Munich for the Audi Cup with the rest of the Madrid squad, after an apparent “training injury” which is also Ronaldo’s reason for missing the pre-season tournament.

It is believed that Benitez is looking to try something different with his squad after a relatively unsuccessful season (by their high standards) from Madrid, in their last campaign.

This was seen on Tuesday night as they defeated Tottenham 2-0, with Gareth Bale playing in a central role. Something he has specifically asked for according to reports in Spain.

If this is the case it could leave Benzema out of the starting eleven, and a move away from the Bernabeu could be on the cards.

Furthermore, it is unlike Madrid to not make a big signing during the transfer window, and this year they have yet to splash the cash as we are so accustomed to seeing. A striker could be on their radar, and if Benzema were to leave you would have to imagine it would be.

There is still a way to go in this transfer window, despite the season starting on Sunday, and as we have seen an innumerable amount of times in the past, a lot of the action doesn’t happen until late on.

Arsene Wenger will surely have something, or someone, up his sleeve.

Walcott contract talks still unresolved

Theo Walcott - Singapore

Theo Walcott has yet to put pen to paper on a new contract at the Emirates, but still has two years left on his current deal after he signed on for three and a half years, eighteen months ago, a saga that was also overly drawn out.

However the 26-year-old is hopeful of staying at a ‘special’ club and is looking forward to what could prove to be a big year for the team, he believes.

“My agent has talked to the club.

“I enjoy playing for this club, so I am just letting them crack on with things and I’ll continue playing football.

“We’ll just play the waiting game and see what happens but I’m sure it won’t be long. This squad, for me, is one of the best I’ve been involved in. I want to be part of that.”

Asked whether he would be happy if the talks carried on past the start of the upcoming campaign, he added: “Definitely. It’s not in my thought process at all.

“You don’t want to dwell on it, you want to play well and, if it happens, it happens.

“I won’t let that delay the way I’m going to be playing this season. I can’t let that affect me, I want to do well for this club.

“It’s my first pre-season for two years now, so I want to work hard and get fit.

“It’s a really exciting year for myself personally and I think this team can go very far.”

Adding: “I’m always going to be judged on goals. I’ve been very happy with my goal record when given the opportunity, that is all I can do.”

Arsenal are reported to be in the market for a striker, despite a strong end to the season from Theo who continued his goalscoring form at the weekend, scoring the opener in a 3-1 win over Everton to win the Barclays Asia Trophy.

The strikers names most recently being mentioned are those of Karim Benzema and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, having already missed out on some targets there is not a wealth of proven talent left to select from.

So is it vital that Arsenal sign a striker in order to compete for the major trophies?