Karim Benzema could win Arsenal the title, says Thierry Henry

Image: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema would help deliver title to the Emirates, according to Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry believes Arsenal would be serious title contenders if they signed Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.

The Sky Sports pundit, who said earlier this year that the Gunners needed to bring in a big-name striker, was left in no doubt that Arsene Wenger's side would win the Premier League if they lured the France international to the Emirates.

"Yes, Arsenal would win the league," he said when asked what impact Benzema would have at the club.

"I think if you get Benzema, not only will you challenge for the league, but you also challenge for the Champions League.

"They need that type of striker who can be different to Olivier Giroud. Him alone as a striker all season, he is very good at what he does but you need to have that type of striker who can stretch a defence, a guy that can go in behind."

Arsenal started the Community Shield victory over Chelsea with Theo Walcott up front ahead of Giroud, and the England forward set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the only goal of the game.

If you get Benzema, not only will you challenge for the league, but you also challenge for the Champions League.
Thierry Henry

But Henry is not convinced Walcott will be the answer to Arsenal's problems up front this season.

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"You still need to be brave enough to be in there, it's not only about going in behind," he said. "I think that Theo can but you need to give him some games to do that." 

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