Betting Special: Gunners favourites to snap up Benteke

The 22-year-old striker was one of the top performers in the Premier League last season and our tipster believes the Belgian is set to leave Villa Park

Christian Benteke made a big impact on his debut season in the Premier League and, should the 22-year-old Belgian choose to leave Villa Park in the summer, there is unlikely to be a shortage of suitors looking to snap up the Aston Villa striker.

Benteke scored an impressive 23 goals for Paul Lambert’s men last term and has reportedly expressed his desire to move on before the 2013-14 season gets under way in August.

Paddy Power has opened a book on where the Belgium international will choose as his next destination and the Irish odds compiler have north London as a distinct possibility.

Arsenal are chalked up as 7/2 (4.50) favourites to snap up Benteke while their north London rivals Tottenham are rated as a 4/1 (5.0) chance with the same firm.

Arsene Wenger was delighted to see his side secure Champions League qualification on the final day of the Premier League campaign this year but, somewhat frustratingly for the French boss, silverware proved elusive once again and Wenger may well see Benteke as the man to spearhead the Gunners’ challenge for honours next season.

Spurs, of course, lost out to Arsenal in the battle to secure the Premier League’s final Champions League berth and Andre Villas-Boas is sure to bolster his attacking options with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe the only recognised out-and-out strikers at White Hart Lane. With that in mind, Benteke may fit the profile for the Lilywhites.

Liverpool may well express an interest in securing Benteke’s services should the Reds lose talismanic striker Luis Suarez this summer and Brendan Rodgers’ side are an intriguing option at 5/1 (6.0) to sign the 22-year-old.

Should Benteke decide to leave England, a move to Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund may well appeal to the Belgian striker – a prospect which is chalked up at 7/1 (8.0) .

Atletico Madrid are also rated as a 7/1 (8.0) chance with the same firm to bring in Benteke as a ready-made replacement for Radamel Falcao.

The battle to secure Benteke’s signature is sure to be an enthralling one and the lure of Champions League football next season may well give Arsene Wenger’s Gunners the edge, so the 7/2 (4.50) quote from Paddy Power for Arsenal to be Christian Benteke’s next club is the recommended play in this market.

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