In recent weeks, Arsenal’s Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, has spoken about how the club has become financially capable to compete with the big boys for top talent in world football. He also conducted a Q&A session with the fans, where he gave a listening ear to their thoughts and responded in the manner you would expect from a skilled orator like himself.
Many top European teams have gone through transitional phases this summer as some football managers have found new employers ahead of what will be one hell of a 2013/14 campaign. In the Premier League, the three teams that finished above Arsenal saw their managers depart after last season have fresh, yet familiar blood coming in to replace them.
Mourinho’s departure from Real Madrid has left the club with a decision to make regarding the next manager to challenge Barcelona for the Liga BBVA next season. But with no manager at the helm of affairs in the Bernabeu, transfer business cannot take place as the new man will have to access his squad before making a decision on the players to keep and offload.
Gazidis has stated that the club is targeting players in manager-less clubs and you don’t need any soothsayer to tell you that a player from manager-less Real Madrid is among this lot. At least, the Evening Standard, Daily Mirror and Goal have all published articles linking Real Madrid’s star striker, Gonzalo Higuain, to Arsenal.
Gonzalo Higuain is one of the hottest prospects in the transfer market at the moment. He’s also linked with a move (via the Daily Mirror) to Italian giants, Juventus, despite already completing the signing of Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao.
The prospect of signing Higuain will certainly make Arsenal fans lick their lips in anticipation for what they would herald as a very good signing but some fans have taken the news with a pinch of salt.
Without further ado, here are 10 things you need to know about Arsenal’s potential acquisition.