Wenger keen on Benzema deal

Wenger keen on Benzema deal

Published May. 25, 2011 9:27 a.m. ET

Arsene Wenger has confirmed an interest in Karim Benzema and says it is 'not impossible' for Arsenal to sign the Real Madrid striker.

Benzema has spent the past two seasons at Real after signing from Lyon, but has struggled to establish himself as a first choice under coach Jose Mourinho.

However, the France international still boasts a healthy strike rate and was also a target for Manchester United prior to joining Real.

His agent recently stated that the 23-year-old is planning to stay with the Spanish giants, but Arsenal have now been linked with a summer swoop.


Wenger is expected to be busy in the transfer market in the summer after another season without a trophy and a striker has been mooted as a priority.

The Gunners boss has expressed his admiration for Benzema and does not appear to rule out the possibility of trying to sign the forward.

"Signing him does not seem impossible," Wenger is quoted in The Sun. "He's a player that I like.

"He's intelligent in his movement, he is capable of combining well with others and making a difference, and of doing individual moves as well.

"So, for me, he's a player who's at the top level in the world."