Reports in the Mirror state that Napoli striker, Gonzalo Higuain, has turned off the advances of Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool to come rescue their telling Balotelli tale, giving the green light to Arsenal to make an appraoch for him.
The former Real Madrid goal machine has not found life in Serie A this season as rosy as he may had envisaged when he turned the Gunners’ overwhelming interest down last season in favour of the San Paolo. With Napoli not making it into the Champions League group stages this season, Higuain has continued to step further down in the world rating of elite strikers as he’s lost the chance to put himself on the best TV stations around the world on weekday nights.
Wenger is apparently still interested in giving the 26 year old another chance, the Arsenal manager being in need of more deadly force in attack. Arsenal may be in desperate need of a defender more than any other position in the team, but the over reliance on Danny Welbeck due to the lond absence of Olivier Giroud cannot be expected to bear all the good results we crave. The demand was indeed to sign a world-class forward who had been renowned for scoring goals almost for fun. Settling for Welbz has calmed some flaying nerves, but hasn’t masked the need for a more established poacher, to rival Giroud.
And it seems Wenger’s planning another frenchman as Giroud’s competitor, with long-term admirer Andre-Pierre Gignac the main name in the frame.
While Higuain has struggled for form this season, Gignac has been fluorishing without stumble for Marseille in the Ligue 1. The 29 year old striker has returned bang on form this season, after three frustrating seasons gone without any real impact at the Stade le Velodrome following his mega money move from Toulouse in 2008.
He’s hit the back of the net an impressive 10 times from 10 competitions, a return synonymous with only the extra-terrestrials – Ronaldo and Messi – across Europes top 5 leagues this season. He’s had to work his way back into the scheme of things after suffering banishment to the reserves for percieved lack of commitment. He’s even now earned a recall to Didier Deschamps build up team to the Euros and the desire to replace Benzema, Remy and our very own Giroud in Deschamps first choice striker’s boots will be one motivation for him to make a big move away from France.
Needless to say that there is more appeal attached to Higuain than Gignac. He is younger by about three years and even after 5 successful seasons at the Bernabeu, is only just appraoching the prime football age. His recent form is more a reflection of the general condition of things with Rafael Benitez side in the Serie A, sitting in a lowly seventh place. The Argentine would be desperate for a new opportunity to rediscover his form and that is exactly what he’ll get with a move to Arsenal.
Gignac would be the easier to convince of a move, and he would be available for us in the Champions League. What he may not have in age, he surely possesses in size and ability.
Higuain or Gignac? Tacos or French fries?
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