Arsenal were linked with a lot of targets this summer, from star defenders to prolific front men, but there was one rumour that seemingly refused to go away.
That rumour involved then-Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, whom Arsenal reportedly were desperate to sign to upgrade their thin strike force.
In an unfortunate turn of events for the London side however, the sale of Paul Pogba by Juventus to Manchester United would facilitate a €90 million move to The Old Lady, leaving Arsenal striker-less and without any other targets.
However, fast forward a couple of weeks, and it looks like Arsenal may well have dodged a bullet in not signing the prolific front man.
A €90 million player would obviously be expected to return looking fit and ready for the season ahead…but Gonzalo Higuain seemingly did not get that memo.
The Argentine striker’s weight has ballooned over the summer, and he doesn’t look close to ready for the start of the Serie A season. See the SHOCKING pictures below…
Juventus fans must be a little cocerned at the size of £75m for Gonzalo Higuain… pic.twitter.com/hEUOo41CS8
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) August 8, 2016
Napoli fans have been less than sympathetic for their ex-striker, being quick to mock the star and his weight gain…
Napoli quick to poke fun at Higuain's weight gain… pic.twitter.com/i4emBXYnUl
— TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) August 8, 2016
Higuain might well be the but of many jokes at Napoli, but he needs to sort himself out during pre-season or he might get the Juventus faithful turning on him too!
What do you think Arsenal fans? Would you still take a podgy Higuain – or do you think you’ve dodged a bullet? Let us know below!