Despite long-standing interest from Arsenal, the latest reports suggest that Karim Benzema is set to put pen to paper on a contract extension at Real Madrid. With France’s elimination from the World Cup, the 26-year-old is now free to apply the finishing touches to the deal.

Having racked up 17 goals in La Liga last season, Arsene Wenger was believed to be preparing a move for Benzema this summer. With just a year left on his current contract, the striker was seen as the ideal candidate to partner or even replace Olivier Giroud at the Emirates next season.

Although the allure of Real Madrid is undeniable, we here at Football FanCast believe Benzema is making a big mistake if he signs that contract extension. Obviously we don’t know the financial specifics of any such deal but from a footballing perspective, the hitman would be wrong to ignore the Gunners.

Bearing this in mind, here’s FIVE reasons Benzema must sign for Arsenal this summer.

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