Arsenal have been further frustrated in the transfer window after the agent of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema confirmed the French international will not swap clubs to join the Gunners on the final day of the transfer window.
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The 25-year-old has been on the north London club's radar as Arsene Wenger was planning a £70m bid for a trio of Madrid attackers - Angel di Maria and Mesut Ozil were the other two.
"Nothing has changed. Karim isn't joining Arsenal or anybody else. He's staying at Real Madrid. In any case, he's joined up with the France team today, and I doubt they'd even allow him to leave to discuss a move," Karim Djaziri explained.
Djaziri's comments come just days after he stressed there was little chance his client will join the Emirates club, despite recent speculation linking Benzema with a move to Arsenal.
"We cannot fight against the rumours, but I assure you Karim will not go to Arsenal. There have never been any discussions and no contact has been established," Benzema's agent stressed.
Meanwhile, Djaziri's remarks were backed by Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach heaped praise on Arsenal targets Benzema and Di Maria for their performance during the La Liga giants' 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.
"They whistled a bit at Karim and the entire stadium applauded Di María. It means that the fans look at the work that is done. Benzema is a player that does not need to do a lot of work. Today was a clear sign for everyone. Hard work is applauded," Ancelotti told Madrid's official website.
Arsenal have failed in their attempts to bring a striker to the club all this summer. The Gunners saw Liverpool reject multiple bids to sign Luis Suarez, as the Merseyside club were reluctant to let the Uruguayan make a switch to the Emirates.
Meanwhile, the Mail Online reports that Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace are ready to provide an escape route for Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner. The Dane has not featured in the Gunners' first team for the last two seasons and Ian Holloway is ready to make a move for the 25-year-old, after they failed to re-sign Andrew Johnson from Queens Park Rangers.