Arsene Wenger’s response when asked about Arsenal signing Karim Benzema

The Arsenal manager has ruled out the Gunners signing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in January

Arsene Wenger has poured cold water on talk of Arsenal signing Karim Benzema in the January transfer window.

The Gunners were linked with a move to sign the France international on Monday morning amid reports that Benzema is set to leave the La Liga giants.

Benzema has scored five goals and has made two assists in 15 appearances in the Spanish top flight this term, although the centre-forward has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot under manager Zinedine Zidane.

Wenger has regularly been urged by ex-players, pundits and supporters to sign a world-class striker to help fire the north London side to an elusive Premier League title after their 12-year drought.

But when asked about speculation linking Benzema with a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, Wenger said:

“He is linked with us because he is French and maybe there is a bit of noise that he could leave Madrid.

“But there is no need for us to buy any strikers. On our front, we have a big squad and don’t need to buy.

“I believe that numbers and quality wise we have what is required.”

Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table and eight points behind current leaders Chelsea with 16 games to play.

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The Gunners will make the trip to Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game.

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