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Arteta risks future Arsenal transfers with Karim Benzema gamble

Suggestions that Arsenal are considering a loan move for Karim Benzema raise important financial question marks that could impact the club’s summer plans.

Karim Benzema to Arsenal has been a transfer that has been theorised for more than ten years

And suggestions are with the Frenchman’s situation at Al Ittihad not resolving that he could be on the move. The 36-year-old is reportedly of interest to several clubs with Arsenal suggested to be one of those sides.

However, for the Gunners to land their transfer unicorn it would take quite the financial effort that perhaps many are not aware of the wider consequences. That said, if Benzema came in and won the Premier League why should we care?

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In short, if Arsenal did indeed win the league or the UEFA Champions League,

The loan move would effectively pay for itself in some regard and the risk mitigated.

However, with Mikel Arteta’s side five points off the top of the table and the Spaniard’s European record not inspiring confidence in ousting FC Porto before potential challenges like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester City come along that risk would be significant.

Benzema’s current wage packet at Al Ittihad stands at €100million (£85.84million) per season according to Marca. Therefore, if Arsenal were to sign the Frenchman on loan today on the same terms through until June 30

The date at which loan spells are due to end – it would cost the club approximately £38.9million if indeed they were require to take on the full pay package.

This does not take into account any potential loan fee that Al Ittihad would ask for, nor the €20million bonus

That Benzema reportedly received to become an ambassador for the 2030 World Cup. Many might say this is a price worth paying to improve the club’s chances of winning a title.

From a competitive standpoint, Benzema has nine goals in fifteen Saudi League matches. This is by no means prolific it is worth pointing out but equally,

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