Benzema is probably the one striker Giroud did not want Arsenal to target

Olivier Giroud would have to do battle at both club and international level if Karim Benzema arrived from Real Madrid.

Yesterday, the latest striker to be linked with a big money move to Arsenal was unveiled. As Arsene Wenger confirmed that any potential deal for Luis Suarez was now dead - the papers reported that he had been in touch with Real Madrid over the availability of French international striker Karim Benzema.

It is reported that Arsenal are willing to pump £40 million toward any deal for the powerful striker - while they are also asking Real Madrid about the availability of Angel Di Maria.

Like with any emerging transfer rumour this must be treated with a pinch of salt - and as Arsenal fans know from this summer’s experience, being linked with a Real Madrid striker does not mean you will get him.

But while I could understand the pursuits of Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain - I struggle to see the logic in this reported interest, and I am sure Olivier Giroud is not going to take the news well.

Suarez and Higuain are slightly different to the Frenchmen. The pair enjoy running beyond the last man. They have pace and flair. Giroud and Benzema are never going to win any sprinting awards, so Benzema may be the wrong option.

For Giroud, his signature would certainly be the wrong signing.

Now last year’s summer signing from Montpellier has claimed he wants to see a new striker arrive at the club. He makes a good point regarding competition for places creating a competitive atmosphere.

But surely he didn’t want to see his main rival for the international starting spot become his main rival at club level as well.

Giroud and Benzema are almost in direct competition to play at the top of Les Bleus attacking formation under Didier Deschamps.

If both are to play for the same team, a team that invariably plays with just one striker, one of the players will find themselves repeatedly on the side-lines.

If Benzema signs, then he and Giroud will not just risk being second choice for their club, but for their country as well.

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