The swords are out at Napoli as their President has had a pop at the team for failing to live up to expectations, manager Rafa Benitez is in the firing line but so are his players. The team have nothing much to play for this season and a poor run has seen them slip from 3rd in the league to 6th, they are in real danger of missing out on the Champions League, the bare minimum required to survive at a club with lofty ambitions.
While the manager is in a bit of hot soup, players have the freedom to jump ship if they get the right amount for them. Gonzalo Higuain is one such player who is always in the search for Champions League football and while eyebrows were raised as to why he left Real Madrid for Napoli, it probably won’t be a surprise to see him make a switch from the Naples-based club.
Many English clubs have been linked with Higuain in the past and the newest team to join his list of admirers is Arsenal, the London club have been looking to bolster their attack but moving for the Argentine goal machine is not the ideal move for the Gunners and here are 3 reasons why.
The massive price
Although Arsenal have spent heavily in the transfer window, it has been justified as they needed to get some marquee signings in. Sanchez and Ozil might have been huge signings in terms of quality and money but making a similar move for Higuain would be a miscalculation. Napoli would probably more than £25million for the 27 year old and truth be told there are better strikers, younger even who could make the move to London and provide more for the future than the temperamental striker, who did once say that he could move away from Napoli if they could not secure Champions League football.
They need a backup for Giroud or someone who can play alongside him
Arsenal don’t need another top striker to battle for places with Giroud what they need is someone who can play alongside him or cover for him if he gets injured. Giroud has scored 18 goals compared to the 22 by Higuain, but he has played nearly 17 games less than the Argentine. Arsenal need to get someone who can either tag along in attack with Giroud or be willing to sit on the bench when Giroud is the first striker in the team sheet. Higuain would never want to play second fiddle to any striker and bringing him into Arsenal would only ruffle more feathers than provide a calming atmosphere at the club.
Two players in the same position
Probably the thing to stop the deal from taking place, Giroud and Higuain both like to play as a lone striker and play in similar positions to one another. So pairing them goes out of the plan and neither of them would want to give way to the other. Higuain might warrant a move away from Napoli come the end of the season, but Arsenal surely should not be in the race to sign him, they have a great striker in Olivier Giroud already and should focus on providing some cover for him and ensuring he is fit throughout the season.