Karim Benzema and Neymar
Karim Benzema and Neymar vie for the ball during El Clasico clash last month. Reuters

Arsenal have revived their interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to the Metro.

The report states that the Gunners jumped into action after Real Madrid ostensibly put the striker up for sale in the upcoming window.

Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the striker and has been following his progress for the past two seasons, but has failed to come to an agreement with the Spanish giants.

The 64-year-old manager is willing to try again this season after the player failed to live up to expectations.

The Gunners are in the market for a top quality striker, with Olivier Giroud finding it hard to live up to expectations as the lone striker in the Arsenal line-up.

The Frenchman has scored 20 goals in all competitions, but needs more support up front, failing which has had a major toll on his body, leading to fatigue.

Benzema has scored 17 goals and assisted eight this season, a good return from a player who is yet to hit his peak.

Giroud and Benzema are France's first choice strikers and have a good understanding among themselves and that should benefit the Gunners in the long run.

Arsenal are currently fourth in the league and need to win all their games to make it to the top four, failing which may have a major bearing in their hopes to attract top talent.

Benzema has previously expressed his admiration for Wenger and may choose to move to Arsenal if a chance beckons, with Wenger known for his ability to hone top talent.

Madrid are expected to let him leave for a fee in the range of £25m something which Arsenal are likely to accept, given the dearth of good strikers in the market.

The Gunners were also reported to be interested in Mario Mandzukic, something which they may look into if the Benzema deal falls through.