Karim Benzema was linked with moving to Arsenal before the transfer deadline, but it was his Real Madrid teammate Mesut Ozil who made the switch instead.
Spanish paper AS claim the Frenchman could be sold to allow for a move for Liverpool's Luis Suarez, another summer transfer target of the Gunners.
And while linking up with his former Real teammate Ozil and revered French boss Wenger will have it's attractions, here are three reasons why we feel a move is unlikely to happen, whether it be in January or next summer:
The Ozil backlash
Real Madrid have been consumed by bitterness and anger from management to players after the sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal. President Florentino Perez cannot have foreseen the backlash from selling the German to Arsenal, a move criticised by Cristiano Ronaldo. Selling another top player to the same club, to join Ozil will surely not go down well either, and rub in the possible mistake of letting the German go. If Madrid did cash in on Benzema, it will make sense to avoid further criticism by selling him to a different club than Arsenal.
Karim Benzema has so far shown no signs of wanting to leave Madrid. He states he is very happy at the Bernabeu, and has repeatedly vouched that he intends on sticking around. He is also enamoured with working with French legend Zinedine Zidane, sporting director at the club. Benzema's agent stated just in July that he planned to sign a new contract in Madrid and if that happens prior to the transfer window re-opening then Arsenal's chances of a transfer will be gone.
Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal because he wanted to be first choice, Karim Benzema will get no such assurances at the Emirates. He will have to compete for a first team place with Olivier Giroud, an in-form striker preferred for France this week in a World Cup qualifier against Belarus. If Benzema does leave Madrid it will be because he is no longer first choice with Falcao and Luis Suarez linked in, but you would think the Frenchman would not risk sitting behind Giroud at the Emirates, which would in turn harm his international ambitions.
Could you see a move happening despite these reasons?
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