Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has once again come out and made a ‘Come and Get Me’ plea to Arsenal, for the second time in the matter of a few weeks.
The Belgium international worked wonders in his first season with Villa scoring a total of 19 Premier League goals and has since attracted interest from clubs across Europe, but mainly from the Premier League. Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool are all reportedly interested in the 22 year old but it seems that out of the four he’d most willingly join the Red of North London.
Benteke is a well-known Arsenal fan after stating his support for the Gunners on several occasions. He has already said since the seasons end that he would hope Arsenal and Villa could come to an agreement for him, which I personally find quite disrespectful on the Villa fans part.
But now the striker has once again come out and stated a desire to join Arsenal saying that he would “love to play for Arsenal”.
In an article last week, I stated my opinion on Benteke saying although he was a good player, prospect and talent for the future, I was unsure if he’d be the star striker that so many fans want. I recognise fans like him because of his powerhouse figure, ability and obviously his goals, but we’ve been crying out for a big name striker for the last few months and now people seem to have slightly turned because of his quotes on Arsenal.
I mean I too have been turned. Before I was unsure but now I would be much happier with the prospect of signing Benteke. Although I’m still not sure if we could do better, I do now recognise that he holds a lot of the qualities we need. As mentioned I find the whole saga a bit disrespectful to Villa fans but I’m afraid that seems to be the way of football now, as seen with Arsenal players that have left over the last few years.
So overall I would be happy to see Benteke sign. He has all the qualities we need and although it was his first season, he has proved he can do it in this league, and in fact do it very well. He isn’t the big name striker we’ve all been crying out for, but perhaps it’s not all about the big names, we could make Benteke into a ‘Big Name’!