It’s been a strange season so far for Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman has been widely abused by sections of the Real Madrid crowd, which has created several stories and rumours suggesting he would be open to a January move to Premier League leaders Arsenal.
However, he’s been backed all along by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti and the Italian coach was rewarded for his faith in Benzema with a superb performance from the forward during the 7-3 win over Sevilla earlier this week.
The pro-Real Madrid press which was so quick to condemn Benzema has now described as part of a trinity alongside winger Gareth Bale and superstar front man Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Benzema has been down a rockier road in recent times. Whistled by the Bernabéu for some time, he finally unleashed all his ability against Sevilla and gave his defenders some ammunition to argue that he is not merely a forward whose effectiveness is measured in goals,” reads today’s report in Marca.
Arsenal are quite right to be taking a look at him because he’s an experienced and proven striker, someone who can slot into their side well with several years ahead of him at the age of just 25-years-old.
There have been suggestions from some sources that Real Madrid are planning to use Benzema as bait in an attempt to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, but that rumour doesn’t seem to be based on any element of truth at all.
Arsenal could still go after him but there are big problems if they choose to do so.
Benzema has proven that he’s a very important player for Real Madrid and unless Carlo Ancelotti can get a big name, experienced replacement in, he’s unlikely to let Benzema leave.
Secondly, the Frenchman wouldn’t be able to play in the Champions League for the Gunners if he joined them this winter.
Arsenal are playing well in Europe and despite the setback against Borussia Dortmund in London, they will be confident of securing more points quickly, as they look to get into the first knock out round of the competition.
From villain to hero, if the Gunners want Benzema, they may have to wait until next summer, but maybe - Madrid might not be so willing to let him go all of a sudden.
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