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Karim Benzema the man to make Arsenal invincible again, says former Gunner

Published 01/08/2015 | 18:27

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid take part in a training session
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid take part in a training session

Former Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged Arsene Wenger to do all he can and sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.

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The Gunners have been linked with the French striker all summer and Keown feels that his addition would make Arsenal invincible again.

Keown was part of the Arsenal 'Invincibles' of 2004, and he told TalkSPORT: “I’d like to see a striker signed.

“I think there is no doubt about it, I’ve been in that dressing room when a top player comes in, it sends a ripple through the dressing room you feel almost invincible and on the outside the opposition look at how good you were before and think how much better you will be now.

“If you’re not the champions and your striker, Olivier Giroud, didn’t start the FA Cup final last season, there are question marks over that position and maybe they need to be addressed.

“Danny Welbeck is injured. Theo Walcott has just signed a new contract so there are lots of options. I’d just like to see a more mobile and frightening front player to come into that Arsenal group.

“Why not go for Karim Benzema to play down the middle. I think Manchester United are just as keen to get a striker in as Arsenal so perhaps those two will be bidding against each other to bring someone in at the last minute.”

There was a fresh twist in Arsenal's long-running search for a star striker last night however, as one of the club's primary targets, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, signed a new contract with Dortmund.

With the departure of manager Jurgen Klopp, and with a number of other first team players supposedly agitating for a move away from the Westfalenstadion- such as the potentially Spurs bound Sven Bender, Arsenal believed they had a good chance of prizing Aubameyang away from the club.

Aubameyang impressed in what was a very challenging season for Dortmund, and he scored 16 goals in 33 matches for his club.

Arsenal, who have claimed that money is no object in their search for a start forward ahead of the new season, valued the Gabon international at £35 million.

However, the 26 year old former Saint-Étienne man has committed his long term future to Dortmund, by signing a contract extension up until 2020.

Aubameyang's decision will directly impact on the now long-running Karim Benzema transfer saga.

Benzema is Arsenal's top target, and the club are supposedly desperate to tempt the French striker with a move to London.

The player himself is believed to be open to the idea of the switch, and is particularly struck by the idea of working with Arsene Wenger.

Benzema is also thought to be excited by the idea of, once again, becoming a team's leading man. At Lyon and whilst on international duty, Benzema is the star turn, but at Real Madrid he often plays second fiddle to the trio of Ronaldo, Bale and James.

This would not be the case in north London, and Wenger would sanction a contract for the striker that would take him above the club's top earners, which are currently Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and now Theo Walcott.

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