Arsene Wenger sanctions massive deal for free-scoring striker, Mourinho gets confirmation

Arsenal are expected to be one of the most active clubs in the January transfer window but given the scarcity of top-notch players in that window, they may have to wait until the summer to sign the players they desire.

According to latest reports making the rounds, Arsenal are preparing to a huge deal for former French international and Real Madrid ace attacker Karim Benzema.

Arsenal have had a long standing interest in the goal poacher but they have been unable to lure him to the Emirates over recent years. With the future of Alexis Sanchez now a subject of huge doubts, Arsenal are already on the search for his replacement and Benzema is one of the targets.

Benzema extended his contract by four years last month but there is so much uncertainty over the future of the striker, as he has constantly sustained injuries and his goal return has been below par. Real Madrid are currently linked with a host of striker, fingered as replacement for the Benzema.

According to Don Balon, Arsenal are very confident that Benzema would be a Gunner by next season. Real Madrid sold their young striker Alvaro Morata in the summer and they are looking for another player in his stead, with further claims by the report that Los Blancos would listen to offers for the star.

Don Balon went further to claim that Jose Mourinho has been hinted by an insider in Madrid that Arsenal are really interested in the Benzema but he care less. Mourinho worked with the star during his time at the Santiago Bernabue.

But what is with Arsene Wenger and French strikers?