Karim Benzema

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The Gunners boss has played down recent links to the Real Madrid striker but did not completely rule out a summer move for the Frenchman

Arsene Wenger has sought to play down the latest rumours linking Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal.

The France international has long been mooted as a target for the Gunners, but the man in charge at Emirates Stadium believes the ongoing speculation is driven purely by nationality.

When quizzed on why he thinks Benzema is generating transfer talk once again, Wenger said: “Because he is French and maybe there is a bit of noise that he could leave Madrid.”

The 29-year-old has incurred the wrath of Real supporters of late, with the Santiago Bernabeu faithful less than impressed by his contribution to the collective cause.

There have been calls for him to be dropped by Zinedine Zidane, with Alvaro Morata considered to be more deserving of a regular starting role.

That has helped to spark further exit speculation, but Wenger is adamant that he has no need to bolster his attacking options.

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