Karim Benzema not subject of Arsenal bid, says Arsene Wenger

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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