Arsenal have been dealt a blow with the news Karim Benzema is happy at Real Madrid.
Speculation was rife during the summer that the French international was on his way to the Emirates Stadium but he has since spoken out about the rumours, revealing he did not come close to moving to the Premier League.
When asked about whether he neatly left the Bernabeu, he told Journal du Dimanche: “Never. Like every summer, I laugh about it with my brother and my friends. We wait for the media to come out with these rumours.
“In my opinion, I think that Real and Barca are the pinnacle in football. Why I would leave? I’m a starter for the best club in the world. I am happy; it’s that simple.”