Saturday, December 08, 2007
Wenger thinks very highly of Benzema
You may remember when we last reported that Arsene Wenger was appointed Castrol Ambassador for Euro 2008.
He has recently in this capacity been speaking to Eurosport assessing each team’s chances for glory in the Euro 2008 championships next summer.
He has pinpointed Karim Benzema, the Lyon striker, as the player that could make a big impact saying that he could be “an immense revelation”. He also showed that he knew a lot about the player’s performance statistics:
“I think Benzema could emerge as a big surprise. He is 20-years-old, in France he scored 11 goals in 10 games and he has fantastic efficiency”.
"But he is also a good link player, he is not only a goalscorer, and I believe he could be an immense revelation at the European Championship."
He obviously looks like a typical Wenger player who has the technique and flexibility to play in more than one position.
Benzema along with fellow Lyon player Hatem Ben Arfa have been coveted by a host of European clubs ever since they burst into Lyon’s first team.
Arsenal were reported to have sent scouts to watch Benzema last October when he scored against Lyon’s victory over Monaco.
Wenger, if he is interested in bidding for the player in the transfer window, is likely to face competition from Milan, Inter and Juventus, who have also been tracking Benzema.
However Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said the Benzema and Arfa are going nowhere.
"It is out of the question that they are leaving us," he said last month.
However Michael Essien, Mahamadou Diarra, Florent Malouda and Eric Abidal all left Lyon after similar comments from Aulas!
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