This is the first I have heard that Arsenal have a few other clubs trying to beat us to the transfer of the French striker Karim Benzema, although it is hardly a surprise as the 27-year old is one of the best centre forwards available in world football today.

Perhaps the desire to keep the potential availability of the player secret is the main reason for Arsene Wenger being so evasive and non-committal all the way through the summer window, as the Arsenal manager has been stung before in these sort of situations.

Anyway, it does not seem to matter that we have rivals for the Real Madrid striker, as a report reveals that we are still front runners to complete the signing.

The report gets it´s news from a respected Italian journalist who claims that Arsenal have made the best offer to the Spanish club and also that Benzema really wants to come and work under his fellow countryman Wenger. But when will we actually see Benzema in an Arsenal shirt? Or could we still be left empty handed?

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