What more do Arsenal need to win the Premier League ?
If you would have fired this question at the end of last season to any Gooner , it is likely you would’ve got the same answer. A world class goalkeeper, a defensive midfielder and a world class striker. Plain and simple. It was not that the supporters didn’t rate the available incumbents of that role ; far from it, all three in the form of David Ospina, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud were either fan favorites or close to becoming one. However, pragmatism ruled for most and the supporters knew that they needed an upgrade in those positions to have a realistic chance at the title.
Fast forward a month and a half, the goalkeeper they desired has arrived in the form of Petr Cech , with Wenger close to securing one of the world’s most promising defensive midfielder in the form of William Carvalho, two out of three sorted. However, the next position, that of the striker, presents a challenge. There aren’t many that can improve the Gunners or suit the fluid playing style. Those that are, cue Karim Benzema, are settled AF their respective clubs.
However, reports in the Italian outlet Sport Mediaset are claiming that Wenger finally has the chance to plug that remaining gap in his team by going all out for the signature of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is reportedly intent on departing the club this summer. The website has revealed that the 27-year-old Argentine striker, who joined in 2013 from Real Madrid, will ask club president Aurelio De Sanctiis to sanction a move this summer. Moreover, there are also claims from the aforementioned source that though the President will demand the full buyout clause fee of €94 million from any suitor, a deal is likely at €60 million.
This has paved the way for Gunners, who were reportedly one of the interested parties, to swoop in and complete the move. Several outlets in Italy and UK are claiming that Wenger is weighing up the prospect of a player-plus-cash deal for the striker, who is widely tipped to depart Naples this summer. €60 million is undoubtedly a steep price , but for a player with world class pedigree like Higuain, it might just prove to be the difference between a title challenge and a scramble for champions league qualification.
With over 52 caps for the Albiceleste , and the experience of starring at one of the biggest clubs in the world as Real Madrid, Higuain has the required credentials to succeed in the Premier League and will no doubt be an upgrade on Giroud and Welbeck. At 27, he is into his prime and Arsenal can expect at least another four to five years of top service from him.
Needless to say, his purchase might just be the missing piece in Wenger’s Arsenal jigsaw, as the Frenchman looks to end Arsenal’s title drought , and go out with one final bang.