The wheels from the transfer movement did not exactly come off in the direction needed for Arsenal’s striker pursuit last summer. And one of such dead end direction was the pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain which dominated the transfer air waves last summer, with the wheels subsequently coming off as it affected Arsenal when he eventually joined Napoli in a £32 million deal. And with a return of 24 goals in 44 appearances for the club in Naples he certainly did well in is first season in Italian football.
And with just one season in Italy, he is being linked away from Napoli with Barcelona as a possible destination, and as is the norm, Arsenal has come into the picture as a result. With the news that Arsenal are ready to match whatever fee paid by any bidding club. Yet looking at it from an objective point of view, will Arsene Wenger consider going back for a player who he clearly did not rate to a certain level when compared to how he vigorously pursued Luis Suarez.
And to add to the impossiblity of this happening is the obdurate president of Napoli Aurelio De Laurentiis. Who is notoriously difficult to deal with, with his love for high transfer fees, it very unlikely that Gonzalo Higuain will be leaving Napoli after just one season.
A lot of points have been made about his similarities with Giroud with, the Frenchman famously saying that he had wished that Arsenal would sign Luiz Suarez for his all round footballing ability, rather than the Argentine who is seen has a box striker only. The Frenchman had opined that his place will have been threatened if the Argentine’s move from Real Madrid was a success last summer. Yet for all the similarities, Giroud seldom scores from outside the box, but Higuain got some good goals for Napoli from outside the box last season. The similarity is clearly a subjective view from many because the Argentine has consistently delivered at the highest level for years, whereas Giroud was a late developer in football terms, having just a breakthrough season before his move to Arsenal in the summer of 2012. With Higuain scoring 24 goals in a debut season in a new league known for it defensive style, there is every possibility that he could have been a hit in the Premier league.
Yet, Arsene Wenger has a tendency to protect his players with such statement that he intends to get a striker who would complement Giroud and not replace him. He wouldn’t have gone on record to say he wants to replace him for obvious reasons of moral of the player in question. Emmanuel Eboue was at the peak of his powers as Arsenal’s right back, particularly having a stellar display in the 2006 champions League final yet that did not stop Wenger from buying a certain Bakary Sagna in 2007 who subsequently made the position his before he departed.
Statements made by some managers particularly Arsene Wenger are always made to keep people guessing. If he could demote Giroud to the bench for the first leg of the match against Bayern Munich last season for the raw Yaya Sanogo, who is to say he won’t get a striker who will make Giroud spend more time on the bench in the long run.