Karim Benzema is staying at Real Madrid this summer amid reported interest from Arsenal, Rafa Benitez has confirmed.
Benzema, 27, has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent transfer windows, with Madrid-based newspaper AS reporting on Sunday that the Gunners had set aside €65 million to sign the France international.
But on Sunday Arsene Wenger denied that he would be making a move for Benzema, and Los Blancos boss Rafa Benitez insists the striker's future lies at the Bernabeu.
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Arsenal's victory over Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley shows the squad are ready to show their title credentials, Gunners defender Per Mertesacker has said.
Arsenal maintained an impressive build-up to the new Premier League campaign with a well-organised 1-0 win against the 2015 champions, secured with a fine first-half strike from midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
While tougher tests await over the next nine months given Chelsea looked somewhat sluggish following their America tour...
The Community Shield is not a real trophy. The game is a friendly, albeit the kind we call high-profile because it's at Wembley and live on the global airwaves. Yet there are still nuggets to be extracted from Arsenal's win vs. Chelsea on Sunday.
First and foremost is that the next time Arsene Wenger faces Jose Mourinho, nobody will be there to remind him that he has never beaten the "Special One." At the 14th attempt, Mourinho's team fell to Wenger's.
That streak, of course, should have been wholly...
Chelsea captain John Terry hopes losing to Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield can serve as a blessing in disguise for the defending Premier League champions.
Arsenal won 1-0 through a goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Chelsea struggled to assert their usual dominance over their London rivals.
"It hurts," Terry admitted of having to watch Arsenal lift the trophy. "When you see them walk up, no matter if it's a friendly or a Community Shield, it's a trophy at the end of the day.