Gonzalo Higuain Exactly What Arsenal Needs to Compete for EPL Title

David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 21, 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
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Arsenal needs a go-to goal scorer, and that’s what Gonzalo Higuain would provide.

The Guardian’s David Hytner is reporting that the 25-year-old Argentine striker has agreed to terms on a contract with Arsenal worth £130,000 a week. If he officially lands in London, the Gunners would be one step closer to winning their first English Premier League championship since 2004.

Out of the top four EPL clubs in the 2012-2013 campaign—Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal—the latter finished with the second-fewest goals surrendered of the bunch. However, Arsene Wenger’s offense scored 14 fewer goals than Man Utd. Not a single Gunner finished among the top 10 goalscorers and not single forward finished among the top 15.

Higuain would change that. Playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo, he still managed to rack up 16 goals this past season, the highest total in the Spanish La Liga for an offense’s second option and the eighth highest overall. WhoScored.com rated him the seventh-best La Liga forward and the 21st-best footballer in general last year.

Robin van Persie’s departure to Greater Manchester left a void that Olivier Giroud failed to fill. Giroud scored just 11 goals this past season while Van Persie led the league with 26, three more than any other footballer. Arsenal showed interest in the Red Devils’ Wayne Rooney earlier this offseason and are still being pressured to sign him by billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov, as is being reported the Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel and Chris Wheeler.

However, Higuain isn’t a disappointing Plan B if the Gunners are only capable of signing one of them.

Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott are offensive juggernauts, the former even being ranked by WhoScored.com as the third-best footballer in the EPL last year only behind Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez. Without a top-flight striker, though, Arsenal will struggle to edge Man Utd.

 

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.