Having sorted the defensive midfield problem, Arsenal Wenger now has to bring in a striker. And it appears the Frenchman is keen on finally sorting Arsenal’s striker problem. The Gunners have been in need of a striker since Robin Van Persie was sold to Manchester United, although they signed Welbeck two summers ago, last season showed Arsenal could still do with another striker, especially someone good enough to oust Giroud from the first team.
And according to Daily Star, Arsenal may be on the verge of finally sorting the striker problem. This is as the paper reports that Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain has informed his Serie A club Napoli to allow him join North London club Arsenal. According to Daily Star, this was after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger personally put a phone call across to the former Real Madrid striker in a bid to lure him to join the Emirate club.
Arsene Wenger is forced to restart his search for a striker this summer after missing out on England international striker Jamie Vardy, and the Napoli man has recently become the most likely signing. The Gunners have also been linked with the signing of Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette.
This will not be the first time the Arsenal boss has tried to lure the Argentine to North London. Arsenal were linked with his signing in 2013 before he signed for Napoli and according to recent reports by various media outlets, the Gunners are ready to table a bid to Napoli chief’s when they meet on-on-one in London.
The Serie A club have so far stood firm on their £79m valuation of Higuain. However, if the report by Daily star claiming Higuain has asked to let him join Arsenal is true, then it is only a matter of when, and not if the deal will happen. Well, at least in my opinion.
Higuain scored 121 goals in 264 matches for his former club and reigning European club champions Real Madrid, and has scored at least 20 goals per season ever since he signed for Napoli. Last season, he was the in-form striker in the Serie A as he broke a long standing Serie A record, after finding the back of the net 36 times in just 35 appearances last season. The highest scored by any striker in a single season since the 1949/1950 season.
Arsenal signing Higuain will make a lot of sense. He is surely better than Giroud. However, although virtually all the media outlets, including the reliable ones such as Skysports and BBC have reported that the Gunners are trying to sign Higuain, I simply can’t see how Wenger will pay so much money for a player he rejected not too long ago.