Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gonzalo Higuain Would Help Team Compete for EPL Title

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIJune 10, 2013

Aug 8, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain (20) dribbles by AC Milan players during the second half at  Yankee Stadium. Real Madrid won the game 5-1.   Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Many of the current transfer rumours surrounding Arsenal include the potential signing of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. If they are able to acquire him, it would be a major step towards competing for an EPL title.

According to The Daily Mirror, the Gunners have begun discussions with the 25-year-old forward from Argentina. The deal would reportedly be worth £20 million.

The Daily Mirror also reports that Juventus is interested in the Real Madrid striker too. 

If the Gunners can outbid Juventus, then Higuain would add a new dimension to the team and represent a major offensive upgrade.

Higuain scored 16 goals and registered five assists in 28 games in La Liga this season. He is a much better finisher than current strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. In fact, he's one of the better finishers in the world. 

The trio could combine to form a very effective and exciting front line. Higuain is strong, with a solid 6'0", 174-pound frame, and has very good speed—especially in offensive situations. 

As a former midfielder, Higuain also offers positional versatility in case of injury.

Most importantly, however, Higuain should add more offense to a team that scored 72 goals last season. That number was third-best in the EPL, behind Manchester United and Chelsea. Both of these teams finished ahead of Arsenal, who finished fourth.

The Gunners are in a bit of a precarious position. They have a very good offense and a solid defense, as they gave up just 37 goals. That too was third-best in the EPL, behind Manchester United and Manchester City.

Yet, despite this, they could not overtake Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. If the Gunners want to take the next step, they need a game-breaker in the mold of Robin van Persie, who helped lead United to an EPL title this past season.

Higuain is not Van Persie—not many are—but he is a unique talent and one of the better finishers in the world.

Combined with Podolski and Giroud, the Gunners would have one of the better front lines in the league. That, coupled with their already stingy defense, gives them a new edge.

Arsenal is not far off from being atop the EPL. They finished fourth, just two points behind third-place Chelsea. They do not need to make major changes.

A player like Higuain would really help the Gunners improve.

Would it be enough to take them to the top of EPL? At the very least, it would be a strong start. 


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