He was deemed too expensive, not by the club themselves but the Arsenal supporters. £31million for a 25-year-old with title-winning experience, Champions League experience, a full international with one of the leading nations in world football, and a player who’s about as natural a goal scorer as you’ll find.

Somewhere in the scorn for what Napoli ended up paying for Gonzalo Higuain, there were clear signs of disappointment, Arsenal supporters resigning themselves to defeat once again as yet another top target slipped through the net. Most tried to make themselves feel better through the insistence that the Argentinian wasn’t worth anywhere near the £31million the Naples club paid Real Madrid, but who are they kidding?

This is a summer where a 19-year-old centre-back with about 30 league games under his belt moved from Roma to PSG for €32 million. This is a summer where Real Madrid may break the world record transfer fee for Gareth Bale. Edinson Cavani, another proven striker with international pedigree, has already gone for £56million. How on earth is Higuain not worth £31million?

But then this is typically Arsenal. Pass up on all the obvious, easy choices – of which, Mario Gomez and Stevan Jovetic were included – and instead zero in on the most controversial figure with the most convoluted contract situation in Luis Suarez. Arsenal may not want to budge on their £40million offering, but Liverpool reportedly won’t settle for anything less than £50million. Following Higuain’s welcome by 200 Napoli fans at Rome Fiumicino airport, Arsenal can pat themselves on the back for their great business sense.

Can Arsenal use Real Madrid’s last minute hike of the price on Higuain as an excuse? Absolutely not. Higuain was a striker in demand and the Spanish club tried to get as much as they could out of him. Isn’t that exactly what Arsenal did a year ago when they sold Robin van Persie to league rivals Manchester United for £24million when they could have ushered him out of the country to Juventus for much less?

Arsenal and Higuain were the perfect marriage: a striker who desperately needed to be the centrepiece of a good attacking unit, coupled with a club who were desperate for someone of his quality. What’s £7-8million extra if you’re getting everything you need, and for a considerable number of years? But Arsenal apparently don’t think like that. Did the club pull the plug on principle, or was there a strange epiphany that ran through everyone’s mind that Suarez, for much more money, would be the better target?

And then there’s the complexities of this Suarez deal that weren’t present with Higuain. Liverpool don’t want to sell to Arsenal, at all. They’d rather hang on and hope that Real Madrid revive their interest and then flog the Uruguayan to Spain than strengthen a domestic rival. Higuain, if what was reported can be believed, had already agreed to a contract with Arsenal; he wanted to leave and Real Madrid were more than willing to sell. Don’t blame them for getting market value for one of their assets. And if Higuain isn’t a good deal at £31million, then that would assume he isn’t comfortably better than Alvaro Negredo.

If there was reluctance on Arsenal’s part to sign Higuain for the fee Real Madrid demanded, then why not take the plunge much earlier when other options were available? Mario Gomez is a leading, treble winning, world-class striker who went to Fiorentina for €15million – an anomaly in this transfer market. Fernando Llorente, a towering Spanish international who, prior to last season, was a regular scorer of double figures at Athletic Bilbao, went to Juventus on a free transfer. Even Jovetic, who I maintain would have been a very good addition to Arsenal, signed for Manchester City for £22million – the fee Arsenal thought they had agreed with Madrid for Higuain.

Have Arsenal made a mistake in passing on Gonzalo Higuain?

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  • Ian Hawthorne
    12 months ago

    Biggest mistake Arsene Wenger has made in his tenure as Arsenal manager was to fail ti sign Higuain. With no world class striker there is absolutely no chance whatsoever of the trophy drought coming to an end, no matter how much money he spends on other areas of the squad. That’s a big fat zero so far

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  • Gyang
    12 months ago

    In my opinion wenger has over stayed his welcome at arsenal,he is not ready for any silver ware rather he is just there to make money for himself and some selfish share holders,believe he is not buying any body this season even he does it will be one of the dead woods from france who will be free transfer.

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  • Bridgers
    12 months ago

    All a smokescreen, Wenger has no intention of spending any real money. Bid for an alleged target that you know you won’t get and ignore those you could get. At the end of the window we will hear the same old lame excuses, “we tried to buy but the quality wasn’t there”, “we tried to buy but the prices were inflated”. And being a gullible idiot I renewed my season ticket in the forlorn hope that this time we were being told the truth about buying world class players!!!

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  • FuckSakeskickwnegerout
    12 months ago

    What to say fellow gooners. I am equally frustrated you folks are, for pete sakes why the heck this fucking moron hesitate to say “we have the money but we will not spend this summer as we are content with our fucking depleted squad” at least the fans would not go through the plothera of fucking transfer saga. I doubt Wenger or the fucking board have fucking balls to tell the fans, no transparency and as Amy pointed out in the radio show few days back – Arsenal board has become a split personality. Sack the fucking leech “Stan K” and his boot licking free blow jobs asshole Ivan. Bring the Russian in to the board. I for once wanted to slap Wenger and kick the fucking board members (not the russian guy though), we the fans need to protest the home matches and start throwing tantrums on the board and their impotency to bring proven players. Fuck sakes grow up board!!!!

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  • nwachukwu godwin eze
    12 months ago

    wenger should leave arsenal for good before ha kill the term,let go Sartre business stop telling story

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  • Jack Wamba
    12 months ago

    I doubt Wenger & Co ever wanted to sign Higuain. Their flawed PR tells them that dangling Higuain’s keeps excited fans hoping for a star until another Park Chu Young arrives at the Emirates at mid-night on 31st August 2013! The problem with Arsenal is that Manager Arsene Wenger is a dick-head. Worse still, the CEO (Ivan Gazidis) and all the Board Members are dick-heads. This gang is so idiotic, they think no one can figure out their naked lies, even the glaringly inconsistent!!

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  • Carl
    12 months ago

    Same old shit! This is going to be a case of him being a success and then Wenger spouting “We went for him” same as Ronlado,Bale etc etc. I don’t understand how we can maybe pay close on 42-50 mil for Goofy but not 32mil € for Higuian. Of course, what do I know? Newspapers write shit to sell papers! I am not to bothered at the moment as this is nothing new from Wenger and the board. We have heard for the last two seasons about big transfers. Last year we were supposed to have 50mil to spend – this year 70mil so surely the 50 minus 25mil spent in a hurry at the end of the last window should give us at least 90mil to spend that’s without all the shite that have left or have been loaned out. By the way, I have supported Afc for 30 years, so I have seen the good and the bad. I just hope we are in the market for some quality,,,,

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  • Jefflee
    12 months ago

    I think Wenger is confused man,He left players that their prices were between 20m to 27m now going for a player that will cost us around 50m to 55m, is that not a madness.I pray that Arsenal will qualify for champions league this time around. Wenger your architect of ur own failure.

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  • syed
    12 months ago

    If there are no BIG proven quality playrs bought, then Its like the same old story which in any case is not acceptable n I think Arsenal fans must stop going to Stadium to watch them playing, when the fans turnaway from them, Arsenal will know the value of playing in their empty stadium..Which they built to increase their ticket sales. The results will automatically follow when the stadium will be empty.

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  • Ak47
    12 months ago

    This is no time for sentiments, Arsene Wenger is such an unserious coach with his greedy board,their aim is not to win any trophy, they are contented with 4th place every year and make as much as possible profits for sharing. AW will never buy a top class because he does not need top class player to with his trophy(4th Place)

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