Report: Arsenal eyeing Bayern’s Benatia

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Arsenal are lining up a bid for Bayern Munich centre-back Medhi Benatia, according to French site RMC Sport.

The 29-year-old Morocco international was heavily linked with the Gunners back in 2014 only to be lured from Roma to the Allianz Arena in a deal that cost the Bavarian giants €26 million.

Benatia made 22 appearances in his first season at the Allianz Arena but only featured 16 times during Bayern’s latest Double triumph. He’s said to be frustrated by his lack of game time and has also been linked with a return to Serie A.

Born in France, the defender started his career at Marseille before dropping down to Ligue 2 Clermont. In 2010 he secured a free transfer to Udinese and after three years switched to Roma where he was fundamental to Rudi Garcia’s back four.

The Gunners are on the brink of announcing a deal for Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka and are known to be on the lookout for defensive and attacking acquisitions.

We suspect there’s a bit of agent play at work here, although the reliable Get French Football News seem to think there’s some truth to it.

All eyes on the poo-o-meter.

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TamilTiger

Where’s the poo meter
That’s the best way to judge a transfer

Mehdi

Hi,in the last comment of the szczesny piece “Dan Hunter” has kindly translated the original polish and it’s a completely different story.
Worth a look (or update).

dan Hunter

It was taken from the comments section of another blog where a Polish person had translated.

Maddolove

Not happening

Bob Davis

Sounds like he’s a quality player. I hope we sign him or someone of his calibre.

Since Maureen is about to join Man U and he doesn’t like Mata, maybe we could go in for a big bid for him.

Mata’s a player we’ve been linked to in the past!

Gooner

Fucking Mourinho, I can’t believe we have to put up with him in the Premier League again so soon after he was booted out.

Rambö

My thoughts exactly. Well, at least he’ll make everyone hate Man Utd, so that’s a good thing, and we might start winning against Chelsea again since he’s gone to Utd.

Runkeball

Man U must be desperate to sign Mourinho. While LVG didn’t deliver the results they hoped and his style of football was boring he was at least a steady hand steering the ship if ever so slowly back towards former glories. Too slowly apparently so they opted for the Sturm und Drang of The Cunty One which might just prove to be their undoing.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Regardless of the outcome the times ahead should be exciting.

Dear God what a cunt Mourinho is!

Exiledgooner

Mourinho’s like herpes: you think you’ve got rid of him, but he’s just lying dormant in the ganglia, waiting to strike you when you least expect it.

I don’t have herpes, my wife’s a doctor and she told me. Honest.

Runkeball

So what you are saying is that not only is he a cunt, he’s a cunt who spreads Herpes. I can believe that.

PodB

I’ll never a date a chick named Maureen.

Andy Mack

That’s not a nice thing to say about his wifes doctor…. or have I misunderstood…

broken red army

good side to it is after couple of seasons he’ll do what we know he does and leave a fucked up Man Utd behind.

Runkeball

And hopefully this time he’ll make such a massive tit of himself that he’ll never recover from it.

Goon

Wonder if that means we don’t get Morata

Neil #2

The Grauniad reports that Morata would prefer Man U, so that he can work under Mourinho. Too bad if true.
Please move quickly Wenger, and get that Striker and Defender we so badly need. I also hope that the reports of Arsenal after Sadio Mane are true — he’s an excellent player, and can give us an excellent option on the wing.

Stillmatic

Sure why not?
Why stop there? Let’s get James Rodriguez, Goetze, and all the other available Attacking Midfielders.

Play 11 CAMs for our squad. Change our name to the Arsenal attacking midfielders.

Stillmatic

I guess the sarcasm was missed in regards to the poster above saying we should get Mata.
Considering we have about 6-7 midfielders that can play the CAM role at arsenal, Mata is not what we need.

Arsenalnut

Funny, but you know we’ll get one of them. Goetze this year might mean Lewandowski soon as well.

Alex

Oh, great idea ! Let’s switch Özil for Mata! Mou would be happy. I’m not sure Arsène would.

Hurensohn

I’d take a gamble on Arda Turan if we can shift Wallcott on.

Arshavin's fake moustache

I’d take a gamble on inanimate carbon rod if we could move Walcott on.

Paul

Better to replace Walcott with my Gran, it’s less of a risk…

Arsenalnut

And the carbon rod scores! That’s 15 this year in the EPL. The carbon rod may well be the “Newcomer of the Year”. Some Arsenal supporters, however, think the player lacks pace, imagination, and tactical flexibility.

Arsenalfanman

I think the fact they went and got Hummels means he will leave. I’m just don’t think he’ll be coming to the Premier League.

LA

French/Moroccan. Weak hair game. Likes a Bosman. What could possibly go wrong?

Arteta's hair

Well, Chamakh was pretty good at defending set pieces….

Rage

He’s was pretty good until RVP actually managed to stay fit for a season.

lonsdale

Ah. I was sat there wondering which centre back we’d signed was Moroccan/French. Squillaci? Sylvester? Cygan?

Then it hit me. At least he’d be good for half a season!

Fletcher

…29 yrs old..hmmm…

Arteta's hair

He’s only 6 months older than Higuain though. Is he too old as well…?

For Gods Sake

Too old

SoqedHozi

Can’t see it happening unless mertesacker leaves,and that would be the wrong decision for me.

Third Plebeian

Probably Wenger wants four capable CBs? Kos, Mert, Gabriel, and ?Benatia? This would make sense since Mert is close to retiring, and that Chambers will be used as a DM or RB backup.

I don’t know. I do feel we need another CB though. I feel Wenger has lost a bit of faith in Mertesacker’s playing ability (but no question about his influence behind the scenes).

PodB

Monreal can fill in at centre-back … we should develop Chambers there …. need two world-class strikers in case one gets injured. But who … Higuain is a good player/poacher but can he thrive in PL?
Benzema? Sturridge, Lukaku all linked to us and MORATA …Also Sissoko/Kante and Wanyama have been linked to us.
We could be quite good.

PodB

8 thumbs down, so we don’t want any of these guys? No wonder we can’t win the fucking league …

Jakemilla

The thumbs down were probably to the absurd “Arsenal need two world class strikers in case one gets injured” statement. So we sign Higuain and then tell Benzema that we would like him to come in just in case Higuain gets hurt. I’m sure almost any “world class striker” would be happy with an arrangement like that. Also, Sturridge, Lukaku, and Morata are world class. If so the the term “world class” is even more devoid of meaning than I thought.

PodB

Oh, I thought the two world-class strikers could play together. Silly me. We sell one of Theo or Ox and Rosicky to fund the purchase. Could Morata and Higuain play together, or interchange in the marathon run of fixtures? If one, God forbid it ever happened at the Arsenal, of them got injured, we have plenty of class coming in … Giroud, Theo or the Ox, Campbell, Welbeck when back … I think its called insurance lads. We’ve got the money and enough defenders and midfielders already. Just saying COYG

DAMOBOT

He’s 29, and hasn’t played much the last 2 years. Is he an upgrade on our players Kosh, Mert Paulo and Chambo? Me thinks not. I recommend Stones if we can get him for less than £30,000,001

Gooner

Stones? After the horrible season he had? No thanks, just another overhyped English player.

Gargoyle

Stones is quite good. Not 30 mil good, though.

Coqblock34

Are you for real? Why om earth should de gi for Stones. His last season with Everton has been horrible, and he has none of the qualities Arsenal look at when it comes to a defender. We’d be much netter of just paying 8 million£ for Holding than overhyped John Stones

ToeKneeWoodCoq

Seriously good signing if this story has any teeth that is.

Daan van Lith

He has been injured a lot this year and the fact that he is already 29 years old makes this a risky move if you ask me.

Gooner

He is 29 not 49, so not too old. He would cost less than 20m. We have plenty more than that in reserve. What exactly is the problem? It’s being out like we’re paying 20000000000 for pat butcher or something

Ron

Pat Butcher would be an excellent voice in the dressing room. Granted, she wouldn’t be a first team regular due to her being dead and all but her experience could really benefit the younger squad members.

Paul

Pay Butcher would be an upgrade on my Gran, I say go for it!

Paul

They both have good box presence (unless Pat was cremated?) 🙂

Andy Mack

They both know how to hit the bar!

Some Bloke

Liked the link a few weeks ago to Lucas, the 20 year old French defender at Atletico, the right age and comes from a club that takes defending seriously.

Mississippi Gunner

But Varane might be available.

Bellerin-a

There’s literally zero chance Varane will be available, and IF he ever is it’ll be for £50m minimum. Absolutely sod all chance.

Mississippi Gunner

Well. Crush my dream why don’t you

ScotchEggsRules

Another Squillachi or another Campbell?

Alexstratz

He was quality at AC Milan. Since joining Bayern, he became injury-prone in a more physical league. Reports suggest Bayern want 15m€. Smells fishy.

Alexstratz

Obviously I meant Roma… This is what happens when you start profiling too many rumored Arsenal transfer targets. To think that silly season hasn’t even officially started.

Revamp

No pls he is not good enough…

Jimbo1

At 29 not really one for the future. Does not sound like a Wenger purchase unless right at right at the end of a window.

beagleboy

No poo-o-meter, no comment.

VJ

Ser Meryn Trant disapproves this transfer.

Arteta's hair

Being 29 is not too bad and to be fair many central defenders enter their prime around 29/30. I could see us getting him to play next to Kos for a couple of seasons, while the likes of Gabriel, Chambers (Rob Holding maybe) etc. get time to develop.

Martin Finley

Mourinho, Klopp, Guardiola, Conte and Wenger in the same league. Should be fun.

At 29 Benatia seems abit old for a Wenger signing unless he get him at a bargain prize.

A Gorilla

Ranieri was good for entertainment this year too. Really hope he gets to stick it to cuntsworth in a major way.

As for this story, he will be playing African cup of nations next January, so I can’t see why we would sign him.

goonero

Can’t see why we’d need another CB unless one of ours is on their way out. If I have one hope going into next season its that Chambers gets far more game time and is allowed to focus on developing his game as a centre back.

Bennie05

I won’t be shocked if Wenger goes for him as in recent times he enjoys buying weaklings as centre backs.

Dr Doctor

No he’s not good enough. Mert is better then him.

broken red army

Napoli’s Koulibaly.

1886_gunner

Now we are talking.

SJ

Thou we desperately need to sign a defender bt I doubt if he’s d one we need.His age,African going away in January, Elneny also and d incoming Mahrez.Mertesacker was our best defender for d season ,Gabriel still nt up to it and Koscielny was a let down. We need a grade a defender to pair Kosciely.Three people killed our season,Gabriel ,Koscielny and d injury to Carzola.

husni

If I’m not wrong bayern currently have 5 cb on the books(hummels,boateng,batdstuber,benatia and Martinez). One at least from the last three will have to go however that is still a bit of a stretch from “arsenal are interested”

A Gorilla

Holger Badstuber – comparable quality to Varane but slightly more possible. Slightly.

Great fuckin name though

Anonymarse

Apparently he’s been ‘plagued by injuries’ since joining Bayern. Should fit right in here …

Third Plebeian

Yup, that clinches it. He’ll be at the Arsenal in no time.

TeeCee

Yup the medical team are probably redecorating Diaby’s room in preparation for his arrival.

Dave A.

Would rather uss going for Niklas Sule, and have him learrn from Per. Both similar players but sule is faster and very young

Ramsey's spirit

Id rather stick with who we have than get another 3rd choice dc for that money at his age. If he was 24/25 maybe

santori

We probably need someone between 24 to 27yrs. That said, Benatia has experience and that is what is most critical to bring into this position. Not a bad deal considering if so. Remember should we land Granit (at25m) and spend on say a MOrata (at35m), that’s 60m outlay. Should be able to land Benatia for no more than 10m which keeps us at 70m and below the 80m transfer kitty (rumoured of course) Naturally we can offset a bit of the cost from say a sale of Walcott which should be substantial and possibly Szsc, Jenkinson. I think the other… Read more »

santori

OTOH, Benatia could simply of course be one of the options on our target list.

With both the excellent Per and Koscielny over 30, we have to be very careful of the quality brought in here.Injuries may become again an issue and it is a massive risk to start with just 3 Cbacks as option.

Too injury prone for my taste. And didn’t look impressive when he played.

We should go for Samba instead 😉

santori

The other thing I like about him is his mobility combined with aerial presence. But the main things that may count in his favour is that he is a very technical player for a Cback. He can keep the ball and that is a coomodity we need at the moment plus composure. We can ill afford to play other people’s games chasing potential in this position (see Jhn Stones…Everton solid defending this season presumably) at overrated prices. Proven quality is what we need and Medhi could be the sort of player (overlooked like Per and Koscielny) which is the correct… Read more »

Stu

Got to say buddy, I’ve found your comments on Benatia very well considered and reasoned, not going into hyperbole or jumping to an instant reaction, well done! For what it’s worth I agree on the principle that Mehdi Benatia would be a really intelligent signing at CB. For £10m he’s good value for money, an upgrade on Gabriel right now, and likely to be a better player than Per due to Per’s age and decreasing mobility, therefore giving an us an obvious first choice CB pair in Benatia and Koscielny, with a pair of younger players to step up in… Read more »

He's got no hair but we don't care...

I seriously hope this hits the maximum poo on the scale as I really don’t want another almost 30’something centreback.

Trez

This makes sense. When fit, he is better than what we have and will give chambers time to develop. We can’t get a koulibaily/manolas because it would eat into our budget and we won’t be able to get a blue chip striker/wide forward(if we can’t get a wc striker.).

Edge

Not sure why people think 29 is old for a centre back. Imagine buying a player already at his peak… madness…

Complain when we buy old players, complain when we buy young players, we all love a moan.

assistantref

He looked absolutely world-class at Roma.

rmpauden

I think we can do better than Per

london

Aubameyang and a first team quality CB please

santori

Per is better than Gabriel at the moment. Why don’t you say we can do better than Gabriel who at times is positionally suspect. Koscielny has had his fair share of follies this season. Benatia comes with solid (mental) experience not to mention he has good skill on the ball which is something we need. He can play from the back or spread passes. At 29yrs, he will give us a good two seasons. The only issue in question would be his injury(ies). But if he is good enough for Bayern, at say 10m or less, a bargain and enough… Read more »

Chamakh

Its always the same with Mertesacker. He is solid but they can’t really play a high defensive line with him or Koscielny will have to cover half the pitch in case Mertesacker is caught too high up (lika against barcelona at home). Mert is a good player, he is really good at passing from deep (underrated in that area) but I think his limitations are a bit too obvious and limit the teams style of play. Agree that Flamini hasn’t been too bad but he is definitely not a player you win leagues or CL with. Giroud is mostly criticised… Read more »