Talk is rife that Arsenal are planning another stunning transfer coup. The Gunners are set to follow up their £42million signing of Mesut Ozil with a January deal for his former Madrid team mate Karim Benzema, for a fee believed to be around £27million.
Gooners rejoice! Here are the key reasons why Benzema would be another inspired arrival at The Emirates...
Wenger is a known admirer
Arsene Wenger first tried to sign Benzema in the summer of 2011, but has been keeping tabs on him since his days in the Lyon youth system. Wenger has made no secret of his admiration for his countryman and went back in for Benzema this summer at the same time as he signed Ozil. The French striker is definitely a long term target for the Arsenal boss.
He'd feel at home
There would be little settling in time for Benzema, given the strong French-speaking contingent at Arsenal. Sagna, Koscielny, Giroud, Flamini and Diaby would all give Benzema a very Gallic welcome at a club where Wenger has worked with many France internationals through the years.
He's perfect for the Premier League
Quite simply, Benzema is built for the Premier League. He is big, strong, brave, direct, quick and skilful - all attributes he has in abundance and that would see him thrive in England's frenetic and physically demanding top flight. You would expect Benzema to adapt very quickly to the weekly rigours of English football.
His style suits Arsenal, and he can rekindle his partnership with Ozil.
Benzema is not just a big and strong striker. He has a deft touch and an ability to link play with Arsenal's wide men and attacking midfielders. Benzema's fluid approach and ability to keep the ball moving suits the Gunners' flowing style. Given that Ozil and Benzema created more goals for each other last season (22) than any two players in La Liga (Fabregas and Iniesta were second, with 21 combined assists), it's easy to see why Wenger wants them both in his team.
His arrival would take the heat off Giroud
Olivier Giroud has settled at Arsenal in the last six months, but Arsenal need another striker to take the heat off their frontman. While Wenger tends to prefer the lone striker these days, Giroud has already clocked up 21 appearances across four different competitions this season - and it's only November! Nicklas Bendtner does not provide adequate cover and, if anything, his recent appearances highlight a weakness in Arsenal's striking options. Benzema would provide a significantly better alternative and could be the firepower they need to take them to Premier League glory.
Check out Benzema's top 10 goals...
Arsenal host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday - check the latest odds.