Arsenal transfers: Ray Parlour demands Karim Benzema signing

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the Gunners need to sign a world-class striker to launch a title challenge

Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema before the end of the summer transfer window.

The Gunners failed to trouble the West Ham defence on Sunday as the north London side suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat by the Hammers at Emirates Stadium.

(Karim) Benzema has been well linked and if they could get a proven goalscorer like that then it would be fantastic

Ray Parlour

Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for France international Benzema in recent weeks amid uncertainty surrounding the forward’s Real Madrid future.

And former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes the Gunners lack a world-class striker to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

“That is a position they’ve got to look at,” Parlour told Sky Sports News. “Everyone is going to jump on the bandwagon now but it’s a long, hard season and there’s a long way to go.

“If you look at Man City, you know Sergio Aguero is their main man, for Manchester United it’s Wayne Rooney and at Chelsea, it’s Diego Costa. Who is it at Arsenal?

“I didn’t know who would start for Arsenal on Sunday because Theo Walcott started the Community Shield. I don’t think they have someone who you can say ‘he’s definitely going to play and he will score us goals’.

“Walcott will run in behind and has more pace and Giroud brings the midfield in a bit more – I think he (Giroud) is ahead of Theo at the moment.

“(Karim) Benzema has been well linked and if they could get a proven goalscorer like that then it would be fantastic. They can afford to get him and start competing in the transfer market whereas before they couldn’t because of the stadium.

“He (Wenger) has proved in the past few years he will go and get those big players and Benzema would undoubtedly strengthen their side.”

The former Lyon striker scored 15 goals in 29 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos last season.

More: Henry urges Arsenal to sign Benzema

The 27-year-old striker has won La Liga, the Champions League and three Copa del Rey titles during a six-year stay in the Spanish capital.

Arsenal make the trip to Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game at Selhurst Park next Sunday.

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