Arsene Wenger has played down the latest reports linking Arsenal with a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman was on the front page of AS this morning, with the suggestion that the Gunners were tabling a move, but pressed at his post Chelsea press conference, Arsene Wenger was non-plussed (publicly at least).
Asked if his compatriot was a target, the Arsenal manager said, “No, nothing is happening. Honestly no. I don’t know who brings that up. Is it Spanish media or English media? I don’t know.”
Wenger started Theo Walcott up front against the Premier League champions and the 26 year old was involved in Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal, but it remains to be seen what further plans he has in the transfer market.
The only arrival thus far is Petr Cech, and Wenger was keen to praise him after a solid display.
“He did well,” he said. “Maybe he had an influence on the Chelsea players as well because they felt that to score against him they had to score the perfect goal. When you have that sometimes you want to try too hard.
“It happened especially with Eden Hazard when he had that chance in the box.”
The chance that Hazard blasted over. Like some kind of wankered Lee Chapman. Long may it last.