Karim Benzema ‘asks to leave Al-Ittihad’ amid Arsenal links

Karim Benzema has told Al-Ittihad to wishes to leave the club during the January transfer window, amid reports linking him with a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners remain in the Premier League title race this term but a lack of goals from their forwards has seen their form dip in recent weeks. But signing a world-class striker like Benzema would surely solve that issue. Back Arsenal to win the Premier League at 4/1 with bet365.

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Karim Benzema asks to leave Al-Ittihad

Reports linking Benzema to Arsenal emerged last week and now, the player is seemingly aiming to force a move away from Saudi Arabia this month.

According to French outlet AFP, Benzema feels under pressure at the Saudi club and wants a temporary move. Al-Ittihad offered to loan the player to another team in the Saudi Pro League but Benzema was not interested.

This is good news for any potential European suitors such as Arsenal or Chelsea.

AFP add that Benzema has held a ‘bad-tempered’ meeting with Al-Ittihad, where he laid out his desire to leave.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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