The Frenchman has suffered a dip in form and confidence at the Bernabeu as is likely to be sold in January to make way for the likes of Luis Suarez or Radamel Falcao who are reported targets of the Spaniards.
The Gunners are thought to be front-runners in the race to sign the 25-year-old centre-forward, predominantly due to manager Arsene Wenger’s record of working with talent from his homeland and the likes of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna, Mathieu Flamini, Abou Diaby and young Yaya Sanogo already on the books in North London.
However, the main reason Benzema would want a move away from the Bernabeu would be to find regular first-team football and regain his form and confidence ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next summer for which France have now qualified.
There is no doubt he could fulfil that wish at the Emirates, even given the competition from Giroud who is performing well so far this season. But, crucially, he would be cup-tied for the Champions League and would play not part in the most prestigious of European competitions due to having already been registered with Real Madrid.
One thing that may work in Arsenal’s favour is that the other potential designations mooted – Chelsea, where he could link up with former Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho, for example – would also have the same problem, in fact any top club in Europe is going provide him with this same dilemma in January.
Realistically, if Benzema want to ensure he’s on the flight to Brazil next summer, he may actually prefer to go to Arsenal given that he could play and train with Giroud and he could show France boss Didier Dechamps he is the best option up front for Les Blues. His goal in France’s 3-0 victory over Ukraine to qualify will have surely put him back in the boss’ good books.
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