Arsenal and Man United never had a chance of signing this international star

Karim Benzema was one of the most talked about players of the transfer window, with Arsenal and Manchester United linked with signing the player.

The Real Madrid forward has publicly declared there was ‘nothing in the talk of a transfer’ away from Los Blancos, which surely can’t come as a surprise.

Though these isles have experienced an influx of La Liga stars, Benzema is a key player in the Spanish capital. He may not always have been a fan favourite, but the French international is simply one of the best in the world. Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero offer a more dynamic, exciting option up front, but Benzema must be considered in their class.

Football is currently devoid of word class strikers. The best players in the world tend to be attacking midfielders, who can operate in a much more nuanced hybrid role. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic entering the autumn of his career, the Real Madrid star, Suarez and Aguero are by far and away the leading frontmen in world football.

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Which is exactly why Premier League sides never had a hope. The best players in the world seemingly want to play for Madrid or Barcelona. Alexis Sanchez, Angel Di Maria and Pedro have arrived in England over the past few years after barely putting a foot wrong for the Spanish sides – but only because these two juggernauts are so strong.

Cristiano Ronaldo, and to a lesser extent Gareth Bale, take the plaudits at the Bernebau, but the former Lyon man is equally as important.

Perhaps sometimes viewed as a weak-link, the 27-year old has truly shown his value in recent seasons.

Not only does he provide a cut-throat cutting edge, with a killer instinct to be admired, his ability to link play to CR7 and the Welsh wizard has been astounding. He’s perfect for Arsenal, but Arsenal aren’t perfect for him.

Though then ten time European champions currently find themselves trailing Barcelona, they are always in contention for the top prizes. The Gunners may be a huge side, but a step down in every sense of the word. A player of such quality belongs at a club of such quality, the mere notion of a move at this stage in his career is arguably terribly unappealing.

So when describing his current employers as ‘the best club in the world’, it’s hard to argue.

Arsene Wenger has captured Sanchez and Mesut Ozil from La Liga, but their places in the side had come under threat. As excellent as the Chilean has been, the Blagurana upgraded him for Luis Suarez. World Cup winner Ozil made way for Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive player.

The thought of the Les Blues star plying his trade in North London is of course exciting. He could truly make them title contenders. Everything about him suits the Emirates outfit down to the ground. His lethal finishing is blended with a link-up play most Number 10’s would envy.

However, nothing about the Gunners currently fits Benzema, he’s simply too good for them.

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