Olivier Giroud will be anxiously watching Arsenal's transfer activity. Any attacking signing would severely impact upon his ambitions of cementing himself as an Arsenal hero.
As reported by David Hytner of The Guardian at the end of last season, Arsene Wenger thinks very highly of his French forward:
He has a fantastic attitude. He is a little bit different to the strikers we used to have but he gives us another dimension with the physical challenge in the air. He has scored 17 goals in all competitions, 11 in the championship and for a first season, that is quite good.
He wants to play every single game. He has good physical potential and basic stamina and he can absorb the games, and the body-to-body because he's a strong guy. I think you will see more from him next season. There's a lot more to come from him.
If Higuain does arrive, Giroud may find opportunities to demonstrate his progress hard to come by.
In recent seasons, Arsene Wenger has favoured a 4-3-3 formation with room for just one central striker. If Higuain signs for Arsenal, he will justifiably expect to be first-choice in that role.
Giroud, meanwhile, will revert from leading striker to impact substitute.