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Arsenal already have Karim Benzema transfer blueprint as striker verdict given

Arsenal’s need for a clinical goalscorer has become all the more obvious in recent weeks.

The Gunners have now gone four games without a win, a period during which the team have managed a total of two goals. Whether Mikel Arteta looks within his squad to find a solution or turns to the transfer market remains to be seen.

The Frenchman has scored a total of 12 goals in 20 appearances, in addition to registering five assists, but the reigning Saudi Pro League champions find themselves way off the pace as regards the title race this time around

Recent reports have suggested Benzema’s move to the Middle East has turned sour after he allegedly failed to show up for training on consecutive days, which could potentially lead to the 36-year-old in following Jordan Henderson out of the league as the ex-Liverpool captain seeks a new club

d’Or winner cannot be questioned, adapting to the pace of the Premier League at the age of 36 is an undeniable question mark attached to this possible purchase. Another concern relates to the role Benzema would likely play in Arteta’s side and whether or not the forward would be capable of matching the running power of his fellow team-mates in attack.

On the other hand, Arsenal are crying out for a true No.9 who can take chances with ease. Benzema certainly falls under that category and has maintained his impressive scoring numbers since joining Al-Ittihad. Should Arsenal bite the bullet and seek either a short-term loan or permanent contract, it would be reminiscent of Manchester United’s deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in 2016.

The Swedish striker, then 34, headed to Old Trafford on a one-year deal and with a point to prove he could be a success in the Premier League. This turned out to be a successful period for both the player and club, Ibrahimovic’s 28 goals and 10 assists in all competitions helping United to a Europa League and Carabao Cup double.

A similar scenario playing out with Benzema until the end of the season may be worth the risk as the Gunners look to get their title challenge back on track and progress to the latter stages of the Champions League. Who better to call upon in Europe’s elite competition an individual who has won the competition a staggering five times.

Ivan Toney would be the dream signing for many supporters, but Benzema could certainly not he sniffed at should the opportunity to lure the attacker to North London present itself.

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