Gonzalo Higuain is worth Arsenal fighting for

Posted by Sam Limbert

Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty ImagesGonzalo Higuain: Scored 16 goals in 25 games for Real Madrid last season.

Despite positive words from chief executive Ivan Gazidis regarding the money available to manager Arsene Wenger, Arsenal are yet to make an official move in the transfer window. However, reports suggest that the first player to arrive via the new and improved transfer war chest could be Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, with the more positive reports claiming the deal is virtually done.

If there is real interest in Higuain, it would be ideal for Arsenal to get a deal done before the start of the preseason tour to Asia. However, there seem to be a number of stumbling blocks. One of those barriers could be about to fall, with Laurent Blanc set to take over as the manager of PSG, clearing the way for Carlo Ancelotti to join Real Madrid. Once Higuain's current club have a coach in place, teams looking to sign the forward can properly pursue his signature.

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And one of those teams looking to capture Higuain is Juventus. On the same morning that newspapers were almost adding the seal on the Higuain to Arsenal transfer, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta mentioned the Argentinian as a potential arrival to Serie A to solve their striker shortage. After having Nicklas Bendtner on loan for a season, it's unsurprising that the Italian champions are looking for an upgrade to their front line.

Should Arsenal fight off Juve, and others, to secure Higuain, it will likely break the club's transfer record. Paying over £20 million for a player who is worth it is long overdue. It would also be a serious statement from Arsenal that they are ready to compete for top players in the transfer market. Fending off Juventus to secure the striker would add strength to that argument as, while Serie A isn't as strong a league as it once was, the team from Turin are one of the most prestigious in Europe and there's a clear appeal to any player.

Without Robin van Persie, Arsenal did just enough to cover the loss of the Dutchman's goals and make it back into the top four. However, with a better finisher in the squad, such as Higuain, the potential to push further up the league would be obvious.

Olivier Giroud offers good variety to the striking options, but it is a struggle to see him ever being the lead man and delivering 25 goals in a league season. Playing in the central role in the Arsenal front three, Higuain has the potential to do just that. In La Liga last season, he scored 16 goals in 25 games; nine of those appearances were from the bench. He also chipped in with five assists. At 25 years old, he still has time to improve even further, before reaching his peak along with the spine of Arsenal's young team.

The conflicting reports over the future of Higuain are making it difficult for Arsenal fans to get excited about his possible arrival. Hopefully the barriers that stand between the French-born Argentine and his arrival in North London can be knocked down and Arsenal can make their first statement signing of the summer. It might take a fight with Juventus to do it, but for a proven goal scorer, and a man who would signal the change in attitude in the transfer market, Arsenal shouldn't shy away from the scrap.

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