The Gunners boss has played down links to the Real Madrid striker, suggesting that the only reason he is being discussed is because he is French

Arsenal manager has sought to play down the latest rumours linking Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal.

The France international has long been mooted as a target for the Gunners, but the man in charge at Emirates Stadium believes the ongoing speculation is driven purely by nationality.

When quizzed on why he thinks Benzema is generating transfer talk once again in the January window, Wenger said: “Because he is French and maybe there is a bit of noise that he could leave Madrid.”

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