Real Madrid legend critical of Arsenal target Karim Benzema

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This will impact the latest transfer news as a Bernabeu great criticises long-running Arsenal target currently wowing crowds at the World Cup with France.

Real Madrid striking legend Hugo Sanchez has spoken out over the apparent flaws in Karim Benzema's game.

The 55-year-old, who represented Real Madrid for a seven year period, believes Benzema - currently on World Cup duty with France - needs to "toughen up and become more aggressive" if he is to cut it at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

A five-time La Liga winner and UEFA Cup titlist with Real, Sanchez fired his way into Madrid fame as he is sixth in the list of all-time goal-scorers having netted 208 goals from 282 outings - a ratio of 0.74 goals per match.

Renowned for his acrobatic style, Sanchez had pace, poise, aerial prowess and long-range bullet-shots. He also converted numerous bicycle kicks (Huguinas) which were duly celebrated by somersaulting tirelessly in front of an adoring audiance.

Sanchez gave that little bit more - he entertained. And that is perhaps what he is imploring Benzema to do in order for the Frenchman to emulate himself, Raul and Alfredo di Stefano.

"Benzema is a player who can be a number 9 or a number 10, but he needs to be a bit tougher, a bit more aggressive, to show a bit more character," he is quoted by MARCA to have said.

"It will be hard for him to change now, and I do respect his style. But to be at Real Madrid you need that little bit more."

Benzema has long been on Arsene Wenger's shortlist of targets and there were rumours of a £30 million bid being placed last summer and then again in the winter transfer window, however, a recent statement from the player's agent indicates that the striker - who scored twice in a man of the match performance against Honduras recently - wishes to remain in Spain.

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