Long-standing £27m Arsenal target hits 100 goal milestone for Madrid

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid as Los Blancos crushed Real Betis 5-0

The French international striker has been a long-term transfer target for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, with the Gunner’s latest attempt last summer once again falling on deaf ears.

The world renowned striker joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 from French side Lyon for a reported fee of €35m, which could rise to a maximum €41m based on incentives. Comfortable shooting with either foot, the striker signed a six-year contract which was to run out in the summer of 2015 – a deal which has yet to be extended

Karim Benzema had naturally been compared to French and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, however the striker played down those links on his arrival at Real Madrid, saying:

"It's a compliment to be compared to Zinedine Zidane, but we are different players."

Yet, the comparison between the two has at times been the downfall of the player, as the demanding Real Madrid fans can be quick to get on the striker’s back over a barren run in-front of goal. However, statistically speaking, the French international has been a consistent goalscorer for the La Liga giants, grabbing his 100th goal for the club during their 5-0 defeat of relegation battlers Real Betis.

The forward has reached the milestone in 210 games in all official competitions for Madrid – an average of 0.48 goals per game. Of those goals 65 have come in La Liga, 13 in the Copa Del Rey, one in the Spanish Supercup and 21 in Europe’s top competition the Champions League.

Benzema’s most consistent season was under current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho during 2011/12 - scoring 32 goals as he helped Real Madrid claw the title back from Barcelona with a record 100 points haul.

Reports in November suggested that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was willing to offer £27m to bring the striker to the Premier League during the January transfer window, however due to the striker’s red hot form of late, that deal now seems highly unlikely.

Nevertheless, should Real Madrid sign another top quality striker in the summer, perhaps they’d be willing to listen to offers as the Frenchman enters the final 18 months of his existing contract.

image: © Jan S0L0

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