By the Blouin News Sports staff

Wenger starting to feel the heat

by in Soccer.

Karim Benzema is the latest name connected to an Arsenal transfer. PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images

Karim Benzema is the latest name connected to an Arsenal transfer. PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images

Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suárez, Luiz Gustavo: each has been rumored to transfer to Arsenal of the English Premier League, but manager Arsène Wenger failed with all three. Will Karim Benzema soon be added to the list? The Real Madrid forward is the most recent transfer bid linked to the Gunners, and with the Gareth Bale saga nearing its end, there will be even less room at the Bernabéu for the French international.

Wenger has been heavily criticized for his complacency this offseason. His inability to bring in any outside help through the transfer market to a club starved of any concrete accomplishments since 2005 has him in the hot seat. But he has requested patience, as always, and has conveniently added a new name for Gunner fans to hope for.

With the transfer window closing September 2, this bid will be settled before long. Arsenal looked weak in its opening match of the Premier League season, losing 1-3 to Aston Villa. But their first leg in the playoff round of the Champions League saw a better result, with the Gunners beating Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Süper Lig 0-3.

Their victory over Fenerbahçe was encouraging, but not a performance worthy of calming anxious fans heading back into league play this weekend. The help is still needed. And while there’s been a lot of activity by other clubs both above and below Arsenal in the table, Wenger seems fine with how it has played out thus far. “The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2. It is like a poker game. People hold their cards as long as possible. In the end, they go for decisions,” said the 63-year-old Frenchman.

However, this most recent bid seems to make sense. Real Madrid will reportedly have Bale in the fold before long, and he will be alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. And outside of those two, there is a plethora of forward options at the disposal for newly appointed manager Carlo Ancelotti, so there is no room for the 25-year-old Benzema to get his touches. Also worth noting is the always intriguing French connection with Wenger and his compatriot players: Thierry Henry, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Abou Diaby — the list goes on and on.

Benzema would be a great addition to the club. But Arsenal’s (Wenger’s) luck hasn’t been too great of late. But at least this time, everything seems to add up for this transfer actually to go through.

Time will tell.