Arsene Wenger has stepped up his efforts to secure the signing of a new goal scorer according to emerging reports.

The Gunners had to settle for the acquisition of Lucas Perez last summer after failing to agree deals for Jamie Vardy and Gonzalo Higuain.

And with the future of this season’s top scorer Alexis Sanchez still looking uncertain, Wenger could be in search of a new forward once again.

According to Spanish source Don Balon, Arsenal have once again informed Real Madrid of their interest in agreeing a deal for striker Karim Benzema.

The Frenchman has been frequently linked with a switch to the Emirates stadium over the past five years but Wenger’s pursuit could be more serious this time.

The report is indicating that the Gunners are ready to offer the 29-year-old an increase on his current £275,000-a-week salary at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made it clear earlier this season that the club would be willing to let go of a few aging star players at the end of this season.

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