The Gunners are interested in snapping up Benzema as they bid to bolster their strikeforce.

The 26-year-old netted 24 goals this season and will lead the France line at the World Cup.

Real boss Ancelotti is desperate for Benzema to stay and has reassured him he is key to his plans next season, according to sources in Spain.

Benzema's future is set to be decided after the World Cup but he looks increasingly likely to stay at the Bernabeu.

The happy frontman said: “In this situation, when I’m playing regularly is when when I feel at my best.