Regardless of how Arsenal end the season in terms of the number of trophies they win, strengthening their team in the summer is once again a topic that is likely to arise should they fail to land any silverware. There always seems to be talk of the club needing a solid central defender and a battling midfielder. However, along with that, they need a striker of real quality and Arsene Wenger should be looking at Gonzalo Higuain as an ideal target in particular.
The Argentine striker has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal, notably in the January transfer window, although his form for Real Madrid will ensure that Wenger could have a fight on his hands to land him this summer. Casting his eye over the current Real Madrid player, and using his great knack of identifying what kind of player is required at Arsenal, is something Wenger has always been wise in doing with talented individuals and judging by the footage Higuain is certainly that.
An overall assessment of Arsenal’s strikers shows that the majority of them have suffered injury and that Wenger has been relying on players such as Andrey Arshavin to fill in. Robin van Persie, who is easily the best forward at the club, is still gradually making is way back from his long-term injury, Eduardo has not been back to his best since his awful injury and Nicklas Bendtner is constantly surrounded by questions to do with his value to the squad. The highly rated youngster, Carlos Vela, has not had the chance to prove his worth to the team. Arshavin and Theo Walcott can play as strikers but it remains debatable as to where the latter’s best position is- striker or winger? Arshavin has done well this season but he is better equipped to play in the hole. Credit should still be given to Arsenal for the fact that they are right in the title race and have at least some hope that they can progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League given their striking problems. Considering there are three main strikers, supported by Vela, Arshavin and Walcott, the signs point to van Persie as the no.1 but he needs a partner for next season. Depending on Higuain’s availability, and if Wenger has any desire to sign him, then it looks like at least two players would have to leave the club in order for Arsenal to afford the 22-year-old.
What would Higuain provide that is different to the current front men at the Emirates? A look at his attributes in the Real Madrid shirt suggest that he has genuine pace, balance and quick feet. He combines this with his dribbling skills, along with the most important aspect of playing in that position- scoring goals. His goals return at Madrid is impressive as well (an average of one in two). Therefore, a van Persie-Higuain combination up front has all the ingredients to succeed. The Dutchman is a fans favourite because his flair is a reminder of Arsenal’s great strikers, and the Argentine’s goals and way of playing also fall in to that category. Higuain’s style of play fits in with the Gunners and he can learn of van Persie’s physical power which is so crucial in the Premier League. Players from South America are usually assured in the technical parts of the game, and due to his tender age, he fits in with Wenger’s policy of buying youngsters. His goal-scoring prowess is backed up by the fact that he is Madrid’s top scorer in La Liga and would be suited to the Arsenal method, as Spanish football is all about keeping the ball on the ground.
If Arsenal are to progress on to the next level and take their youthful team to a Premiership title, and a European crown, next season than purchasing Higuain at the right price is the type of signing they will need. If he is affordable then taking him to the club will serve Wenger well. He has experimented with raw youngsters who can get found out in the intensity of English football, but with Higuain there is a difference- he is a youngster who looks like he is reaching the stage of being the complete product. There can be no better time to persuade him to give his services to Arsenal than this summer.
See below for 10 goals that are full of quality from Gonzalo Higuain.
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