Arsène Wenger: Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema can play together

Arsène Wenger insists that Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema can forge a successful partnership for France in games to come

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Olivier Giroud arrived at Arsenal from Montpellier last summer Photo: Olivier Giroud/Instagram

Arsène Wenger insists that Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema can forge a successful partnership for France amid reports linking Arsenal with a swoop for the Real Madrid striker.

Benzema and Giroud have started just one game together for Les Blues in 2013, and the in-form Giroud is set to play as a lone striker in Friday’s friendly with Australia.

But Wenger believes that the pair can still strike up a successful partnership, fuelling speculation that the north London club could target Benzema in the January transfer window.

“As for whether Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema can play together, they can, yes,” Wenger wrote on his blog on Eurosport. “But up until now, their partnership hasn’t worked so they must find another way.

“It’s always hard. But you must have guys who are giving good assists as well as guys who can score.

“Right now, those who fail to score are always being singled out. But a question must be answered: do we have enough guys giving good assists? I think France are lacking something in this regard.”

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