Bad news for Arsenal? Striker target 'at home' in Madrid

Karim Benzema

The Gunners' long term striker target may continue to be just out of their reach.

Like so many of the summer's transfer stories, the possibility of Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema joining Arsenal flitters between 'no chance' and 'odds on' depending on whichever source you pick up.

Despite the Metro speculating today that Arsenal had seen some encouragement at any chance of a transfer, mentioning the Frenchman's eagerness to move on from Real's difficult to please fans, a conflicting source has emerged from France stating the striker is "at home in Madrid" and calling the Champions League winners "the best side in the world."

Benzema, who is working on his fitness in order to lead the line during France's World Cup bid in Brazil is quoted as telling L'Equipe magazine: "I feel at home in Madrid. I am really at ease.

"Playing at Real Madrid is a joy and fills me with pride because it is the greatest club in the world and also because I have come through some difficult moments in my five years here."

The former Lyon attacker has had another strong season in Spain, scoring 24 goals in 52 games and netting 4 in 6 for his country, his best run of form for France.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping history will repeat itself with regards to someone rumoured to be his chief target, with Ozil making similar comments last summer before being told by Real that he was surplus to requirements.

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