Arsenal Transfer News: Gonzalo Higuain Makes Gunners True EPL Title Contenders

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01:  Gonzalo Higuain (L) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Unai Garcia (R) of CA Osasuna during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on June 1, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Arsenal is set to make the biggest splash of the summer transfer window thus far with the signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

According to the Mirror, Higuain has agreed to a move to Arsenal while the club is ironing out the details of his £22 million transfer.

Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis told the Mirror that he wants the club to compete on the highest level and was willing to open up his pocket book to do so. It now appears that he wasn't kidding. The
£22 million transfer would be the largest in club history.

However, if the transfer means that the Gunners become a legitimate threat atop the EPL table, then the expensive move will be well worth it. Looking at what Arsenal were able to achieve last campaign and the current EPL landscape, the Gunners should be able to do just that.

Arsene Wenger's group finished fourth in the EPL table last season, just two points behind third-place Chelsea and five points behind second-place Manchester City. Of course, the Gunners failed to come close to Manchester United, but so did everyone else.

In short, Arsenal wasn't too far off from the top challengers to United in the race for the EPL title. Now that they have are in the process of bringing on Higuain, they have the pieces necessary to take the next step in competing for first place.

Last season, the Gunners managed to finish third in the league in scoring despite a lack of dynamic goalscorers. Theo Walcott led the team with just 14 goals on the season.

Higuain should fix that and make the Gunners' attack even more potent. The Argentinian scored 16 La Liga goals last campaign despite starting only 19 matches and sharing the spotlight with prolific scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

At Emirates, Higuain will be a focal point of the offensive attack and should see even more opportunities to score. Having a player that can be counted on to create offense, both as a passer and scorer, will make Arsenal all the more dangerous this upcoming season.

The hope in bringing on a star like Higuain is that it will help the club take the next step. For an Arsenal team that finished fourth in the standings last season, the next step is serious contention for the title—anything less and Higuain's signing will have been a disappointment.