Karim Benzema not subject of Arsenal bid, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports that the club are close to signing Karim Benzema from Real Madrid

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal have not made a bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

It was reported in The Sun newspaper on Friday that the Gunners were preparing a £40m offer for the France international.

The report claimed Wenger will step up his pursuit of the player next week, with Real keen to offload the 27-year-old.

But Wenger said: "I don't know where that story has come from. But that's not happening at the moment."

Olivier Giroud is currently Arsenal's first-choice striker, while Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have all been used there.

Chuba Akpom enhanced his claim for a bigger role in the first team with a hat-trick in the Gunners' 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI on Wednesday.

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