Last summer, Wenger’s search for a new striker took him to Real Madrid where he beamed his searchlight on their Argentine striker but tardiness on Le Prof’s part coupled with Napoli’s newly found financial muscle which the sale of star striker Edison Cavani bestowed on them saw the Italian outfit beat Arsenal to the signing of Higuain for a fee in the region of 35 million Pounds.
Arsenal still raided Real Madrid before the summer window slammed shut but it was for another playmaker Mesut Ozil. The big money signing excited the fans but the void of a striker still remained unfilled.
Pundits and fans clamored for Wenger to add a top striker to his fleet of forwards but all the clamor fell on deaf ears as the Gunners went through last season with just two strikers. One hardworking but wasteful while the other was a neophyte just cutting his footballing teeth and was often consumed by the largeness of the stage. Another summer transfer window is here and it’s calls for Arsenal to sign a new marquee striker is resonating in the air. Who should the Gunners sign, they have been linked with plethora of strikers.
Missing out on a move for Higuain last summer could have been seen as a curse but it is set to become a blessing this summer only if Wenger choose to profit from it. Barca after suffering the ignominy of a trophyless season in the just concluded season have decided to ring huge changes to their team for next season. They have already sold Fabregas and bought Rakitic. They have been linked with a move for a new striker; Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain are just few of the many names.
The latter is my focus. Higuain just after one season at Naples, the Argentine is keen to link up with fellow Argentine Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp. Had he joined Arsenal last season, he would be eyeing the exit door this summer and with Barca’s antecedents at bullying Arsenal, he would have had his way.
Where would that has left Arsenal? It would have meant a step forward (buying a striker last season) and two steps backwards this summer (having to replace him which might not be too easy because Wenger is renowned for not rushing to replace a player. It happened to Fabregas, Van Persie and Song).
With him setting sights on a move to Barca, Arsenal could be set to profit. Higuain’s arrival at Nou Camp means that one of the attackers on ground could be leaving. Those likely to be affected are Alexis Sanchez and Pedro. Barca might be reluctant to sell either of them as they were reluctant to sell Fabregas but the fear of irregular first team football could see both men seek the exit door.
Either Pedro or Sanchez would be a welcome addition to Arsenal. Both men are versatile as they could play on either wings and through the centre as a central striker. Their finishing ability and experience are upgrades to what Giroud and Sanogo currently offer Arsenal.
With Wenger pondering on a switch to 4-4-2 formation, either men would be a perfect foil for Giroud. The Frenchman has been in sublime form for Les Bleus at the run in to the World Cup and even at the mundial. The secret as been that he plays with a pacy striker beside him. Pedro and Sanchez would provide the need pace to latch on to Ozil’s through balls and Giroud’s flicks on.
Losing Higuain last summer wasn’t so bad after all or what do you think?