Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has hinted that he doesn’t think Arsene Wenger is really interested in Karim Benzema.
The Spanish play-maker is looking for the Gunners to build on their back-to-back FA Cups by launching a bona fide title challenge this coming season, and a world class striker is generally perceived to be lacking in the red half of North London.
But with Real Madrid’s Benzema the centre of continued speculation, Cazorla remains unconvinced of the stories’ veracity.
He told The Evening Standard:
Benzema is a great player. Everyone would like to have him on their team, but the coach already has a squad and probably will not find another forward.
We have to try to show that level to fight against Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool,” Cazorla added.
People are very excited to win this weekend at Chelsea, but the League is the most important and we have experience of losing matches you can’t lose if you want to win the league. We must learn from it.
The aim is to fight for the Premier League, but looking from Sunday to Sunday, not long-term.
The diminutive schemer also admits he is much more happy playing in a central role at the club, a position which helped him win plaudits from fans and pundits alike last season.
The new role that I have, with the arrival of Alexis, the coach used me more in the middle area of the field. I took more prominence, and I feel a major responsibility in the team. I have noticed this change and I’m very happy in this position.