Gonzalo Higuain Would Be a Savvy Addition to Arsenal

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 22, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 03:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid celebrates his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 3, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Arsenal's spectacular close to the Premier League campaign netted the club a Champions League qualifying spot next season, but the Gunners need to add some significant talent to build on the finish.

Landing Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain would be a good start.

Arsenal is reportedly considering a £19 million bid for the 25-year-old Argentine, according to the Telegraph. It would be a club record transfer fee if it went through.

Arsene Wenger hasn't been one to shell out cash during his tenure at Arsenal. He's a firm believer of improving from the ground up and stressing a team-first approach. 

That worked or didn't work this season, depending on your expectations.

Arsenal finished third in the Premier League last season with Robin van Persie aboard. The fact that the club was still able to qualify for the Champions League without him, one season later no less, is an accomplishment in itself.

Also, the way Arsenal finished must have made Wenger very happy. Aaron Ramsey, for example, was criticized for not being creative enough on the attacking end, but he exemplified the determination and dedication Wenger expects out of his team down the stretch. He was a big part of the run that included eight victories in Arsenal's last 10 EPL games.

But if Arsenal really wants to return to the good old days, the club has to add more talent. Finishing fourth in the Premier League shouldn't be enough.

That's where Higuain comes in.

There is no doubt that Higuain is one of the top centre forwards in world football today. He scored 14 goals and registered five assists in 29 La Liga games last season with Madrid, and that doesn't begin to illustrate his impact on the pitch.

Notching seven goals and one assist in nine World Cup-qualifying starts gives one a better indication of his value. Higuain is a strong, speedy, intelligent player who has developed a knack for stepping up when it matters most. 

We've seen this before with Arsenal. The club appears on the verge of a monumental campaign in the near future, but ultimately fails to capture the EPL title (or the Champions League trophy, for that matter).

Higuain would be worth the extra money spent. The Gunners need to pull the trigger.


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