These two Arsenal transfer sagas seem to be everlasting, with the rumours beginning long before the end of the season, which suggests to me there is a lot of truth in the speculation. It seems Arsenal and Juventus are in the race, in which the likely scenarios are both clubs come away with one player each, or Juventus takes them both, because I can’t see Arsenal signing both Jovetic and Higuain. Well in fact I can’t see us signing either, nor Rooney for that matter, but let’s not get into that and instead look at who I think would be better for Arsenal.
Gonzalo Higuain has spent the majority of his career with Real Madrid, but at the age of 25 he finally looks set to leave, with Arsenal and Juventus the keenest on his signature according to reports. Reports have also said he’s been close to joining the Serie A outfit but yesterday he also stated how he’d fit in at Arsenal very well, conflicting the reports, so who knows where this saga stands at the moment.
107 league goals in 187 appearances is quite impressive considering the fact he is often a benchwarmer for Madrid, as well as rarely featuring for long with Argentina, but scoring 20 international goals from 32 games. The thing that worries me is his physical presence. Although the stats look good, the Spanish league is very technical and focused around passing and slow movement. The Premier League involves a lot more pace and skill although it does also keep the same qualities mentioned above. I think for £15-20 million he would be a good buy but I’m still not entirely convinced on him.
There have been rumours that Arsenal have been interested in Jovetic for some time now, with reports starting in early march, which to me suggests there is a lot of truth in the rumours, or at least in Wenger’s interest anyway. It’s hard to say how far negotiations or talks have gone for the player with reports conflicting across several media outlets, whist Fiorentina haven’t mentioned Arsenal’s interest at all only Juventus’.
If I’m honest I’m not overly impressed with Jovetic’s stats. 34 league goals in 115 games isn’t exactly anything to get too excited about from a strikers point of view, but considering his age of 23 and the fact that he is a forward playing just behind the main striker, his name should be considered as a possible player for Arsenal to look at. As stated he doesn’t actually play the central striker role and so therefore is far more focused around creativity and assists rather than goal scoring but of course that is also necessary from that position. The issue is I don’t think we need a player for this position, especially not for £25 million! We need a true goal scorer and a poacher who can easily rack up the goals. Higuain may be the man but once again I’m not completely convinced. Maybe Arsenal should be looking at trying to get Rooney after all.