Real Madrid won't make Ozil mistake with Arsenal target Benzema

Champions League winners Real Madrid may be loathe to sell their £30m man, especially as he has been so instrumental to Cristiano Ronaldo's success.

The joy that Arsenal's unexpected £42.4 million Mesut Ozil announcement gave the club's fans, who had waited outside the Emirates Stadium in anticipation of the completion of the deal, was a contrast to the displeasure it gave Real Madrid's superstar athletes such as Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira.

However, the player whose statement resonated the most amongst the continent's footballing media, was Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quoted just days later by The Independent to have said: "The sale of Ozil is very bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal… I'm angry about Ozil leaving."

While Ozil made a substantial impact when he began competing in the Premier League, his overall contributions throughout the season became a source of criticism as he was deemed inconsistent, was then injured, before questions began to be asked of Arsene Wenger if the Gunners management were using the German trequartista correctly.

After all, at Real, Jose Mourinho would rarely field Ozil for a whole 90 minute match, yet in North London, he was seldom substituted and did not have the benefit of the winter break he would have received had he stayed in Spain.

Regardless, Ozil's contributions when it came to being on the football and creating chances were exemplary. 

  ClubTouch/ AppPass AccMins/ PassChancesMins/ ChanceDribble/ AppAssistGoalAppMins
Ozil Arsenal 79.35 88% 1.31 76 28.28 3.46 9 5 26 2,149

And Ronaldo hardly missed the playmaker as the Portuguese superstar went on to win the Ballon d'Or and score more goals than he played games.

This summer, Real Madrid may be wise to avoid incurring Ronaldo's wrath for a repeat summer - selling their main creative asset who best allows Ronaldo a: the freedom to express himself on the pitch; b: provide him the chances to attempt a shot or score a goal and/or c: play comfortably alongside, ahead, or just behind him, depending on the movements of the team.

According to a report on MARCA, Arsenal's £29.92 million target Karim Benzema is integral to the "continued success of the BBC" aka Benzema - (Gareth) Bale - Cristiano.

The statistics indicate that Ronaldo relished Benzema's service as he scored 13 of his La Liga goals because of a Karim assist, finding him with 86 passes. Furthermore, in Europe, they were also in sync as Benzema assisted his man four times and supplied him with 49 passes.

MARCA wrote: "The coach knows that the Frenchman is the ideal side-kick for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale."

Surely real won't make an Ozil mistake two summers running… to the same side… would they?

Arsenal had previously been linked with making a move for Benzema by ESPN and The Telegraph.

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