Arsenal are finally expected to seal the transfer of Real Madrid striker, Gonzalo Higuain, in the next couple of days but is he the top centre-forward that is badly needed at the Emirates or another overrated striker that could struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League?
Higuain undoubtedly has quality, the Argentinian clearly has all the attributes to be a success in England but there is also the nagging feeling that he is a player that has not quite fulfilled his potential, losing his way somewhat at the Bernabeu in the last few years when often having to settle for a place on the bench.
It is hoped he can rediscover his best form at Arsenal and be the man Arsene Wenger can build his frontline around next season, adding to the talents of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, and Theo Walcott.
Certainly, his goalscoring record is mightily impressive. Higuain has scored 107 La Liga goals in just 187 appearances following his move from River Plate in 2007, while a look at his international stats proves his form for Argentina has been equally as good – notching 20 goals in his 32 caps.
Higuain is a man who thrives on good service and, when presented with chances, he can take them but he is not the sort of player to create things for himself, rather someone who loves to see things off in and around the penalty area. In that respect,then, it looks like being an astute purchase.
You would expect the 25-year-old to enjoy working with Walcott, Santi Cazorla, and Mikel Arteta – the men who can provide the key passes for the striker to finish – while he does look like being the perfect foil for someone like Podolski, feeding on knock-downs and touches from the burly German star.
However, there must also be some doubts about Higuain, who has been allowed to leave Real with seemingly his best days still ahead of him and a player some say with a complex character who has proved difficult to get along with at times and not exactly the sort of team player needed at the Emirates.
The price of just over £20million breaks Arsenal’s transfer record but pundits on betfair.com rightly say that it is a £35-40million striker that is needed at the club if they are to push the Manchester clubs and Chelsea all the way for the title next term.
There are question marks, for sure, and, with most big-money deals, an element of risk is involved and it will be interesting to see if Higuain can adapt to the more physical side of the English game. His goalscoring record is first class and if he can maintain his game-to-goals ratio at the Emirates, everyone will be happy.
2 thoughts on “Arsenal taking Higuain Risk but it’s one Likely to Pay off”
For whatever reason Madrid prefer Benzema to Higuain. And because they haven’t done as well as they hoped recently, they think that buying some very expensive players can help them win trophies next season (as usual). There happens to be one or two reasonably intelligent people in Madrid, and they realise if they want to spend £50m or £60m on a striker then they need to sell someone, and Higuain is the best option to sell, he’s very good so they can get a decent price for him, but he’s not their 1st choice, so they can sell him.
I have no doubt Higuain can be one of the top strikers in the EPL next season. Players from the Spanish league seem to do very well when they come to the EPL, e.g. Cazorla and Michu in recent times.
Of course there is risk in a big money deal, but there’s a lot more risk in signing a £10m striker.
The problem with £40m strikers is that many big clubs are after them, and those clubs have won trophies recently. What strikers of that sort of price can we reasonably expect to get? Rooney might leave Man U, but will they sell to an English club? Gomez from Bayern might leave, but I don’t know if Gooners rate him that highly. Lewandowski is determined to go to Bayern, and Suarez to Spain. If Tevez leaves City somehow I can’t see him coming to Arsenal. Cavani seems to be £50m or more and determined to go to Spain. I can’t think of too many others. Higuain seems to me like a very good choice.
I would also like to see us go for a youngster like Tello, we have Sanogo but we have to hold thumbs that he doesn’t become another Diaby.
I can’t see where the ‘risk’ is. Higuain is pure quality and will score goals. The only ‘risk’ Arsenal are taking at the moment is stalling over paying 100k a week for Fellaini. To lose out on his signature for the same wage we pay Podolski is ludicrous. SIGN THE MAN