The Mirror says Arsenal's top brass are acutely aware that the fans are screaming out for a big-name striker, and France international Benzema is now their prime target, having seen efforts for Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain all fall away.
But they face a major fight to win the 25-year-old over, as Real are currently trying to tie him down to a new contract. His current deal only has two years left.
However, the transfer merry-go-round could yet throw up Liverpool's Suarez and Tottenham star Gareth Bale both moving to the Bernabeu - and Real boss Carlo Ancelotti then becoming willing to part with Benzema.
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