COMMENTARY | There has been no hiding the fact that Arsenal F.C. are in the market for a top of the line striker during this summer's transfer market. While current Arsenal strikers Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, and Lukas Podolski tallied 36 combined goals in the Barclay's Premier League this past season, Arsenal team management (and fans) want to add a world class forward to the mix for the 2013-2014 season. Names such as Stevan Jovetić, Gonzalo Higuaín, Wayne Rooney, and Edinson Cavani have all been in the British newspapers as possible incoming Arsenal transfers. Any one of these players would be welcomed with open arms to the north London squad; however, I believe that Higuaín would make the most sense.
Let me first say that if money were no object and Arsenal had their own Russian billionaire owner to spend money as if it were going out of style, I'd go with Cavani. Nevertheless, Arsenal has had a very strict transfer policy not to overspend in the years past. Even though it has been reported that the team has £70 million to spend this summer, Gunner fans have been told stories of spending sprees in the past and they have not exactly transpired that way. While I do believe Arsenal will spend money this summer, and also break the current team transfer fee of £16.5 million, I'm not quite sure they will spend a total of £70 million this offseason.
Jovetić, Rooney, and Cavani would cost the Gunners at least £25 million each (with Cavani likely to be much more than that). However, it has been reported that the current Real Madrid front man, Gonzalo Higuaín, would cost Arsenal around £19 million for his services.
Higuaín, still only 25 years old, would bring a terrific scoring record to the north London based team. He has scored 120 overall goals for the Madrid squad since making his debut in 2007. The striker would not only bring a fantastic goal record to London, but he would also bring a winning mentality, as he has helped Real Madrid win 6 trophies in the time he has spent with the highly-decorated Spanish club.
The Gunners are facing competition from Juventus F.C. for Higuaín's signature, which could create a bidding war between the two clubs. In saying this, if Arsenal could nail down an agreement with Real Madrid for only £19 million, the team would not only be receiving their top of the line striker, but this would also leave the Gunners with money left to spend on other players. An intimidating forward is not the only position where Arsenal needs support.
The Premier League's fourth place team also seems to need help at goalkeeper and defensive midfielder (along with defense if Bacari Sagna and/or Thomas Vermaelen were to leave the club in the summer transfer window). Purchasing Higuaín at a cheaper price than Rooney, Cavani, or Jovetić would leave the Gunners with more money to pursue these needs, while still giving the team a superb striker.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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