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Wenger tried to buy, Henry claims

Arsene Wenger. PHOTO/File
Arsene Wenger. PHOTO/File

LONDON, September 2- Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes Arsene Wenger did all he could to sign a striker, but admits the pursuit of Karim Benzema was always going to be difficult.

The Gunners had been strongly linked with a move for the Real Madrid forward during the recently concluded transfer period, but failed to lure the Frenchman away from the Santiago Bernabeu before Spain’s Monday deadline.

That means goalkeeper Petr Cech was Wenger’s only piece of notable transfer business over the last two months, but Henry – who left Arsenal as the club’s all-time record goal scorer after eight trophy-laden years in 2007 – believes is was through no fault of the French manager.

“I do not know if the boss wanted Benzema or not, but the player must also want to come,” said Henry.

“What are you going to offer to the guy who is playing for one of the best teams in the world, knowing that he is playing there week in, week out, and performing well?

“So I do not think that Arsene did not want to bring any other players – that would have been another story if he had really said: ‘I do not want to bring in any other players.’ But he said that if it can be done, then I will try to bring someone.

“But how do you get Benzema from Real Madrid when he plays there and Cavani also from Paris Saint-Germain – he scored again at the weekend? It is a difficult one.

“I do not think he did not want to bring in anyone, he wanted to bring players as we know, but it did not happen. ”