This summer has been all about strikers. Not just for Arsenal, but many of Europe’s elite sides are buying big up front. The Gunners are well and truly in the market for a top class centre forward and three names have been heavily linked to the north London side recently – Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez.
Any of the three will bring with them bags of goals, but who is the most realistic and best option for Arsenal to sign?
Wayne Rooney’s name has been flirted with the Gunners for awhile now, and Arsene Wenger has added further fuel to the fire by suggesting his side can afford his extortionate wages while his transfer fee is on par with Higuain, roughly £25m.
The Englishman has fallen out of favour as the clubs centre forward with ex Arsenal captain Robin van Persie stealing the limelight, but with that has come success for United.
It hasn’t been all Rosie for Rooney recently, but is a move to Emirates actually on the cards? Chelsea and Mourinho are battling hard for his signature, and that seems a more likely destination for the Shrek-like forward. Plus his wages are just simply insane of over £200k a week.
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Luis Suarez can also radically reinforce the Gunners squad, and has recently been backed by Giroud who he feels he can forge a strong partnership with the Liverpool forward. But his underlying issue is his behaviour. Yes he can score goals and is a magnificent player, but the amount of trouble he has been in over the paste couple of years casts a black sheet over an otherwise exciting beginning to life in England.
He received a lengthy suspension during the close of his Ajax career for a biting incident, followed by an eight match ban for racism related to Evra (very distasteful) and more recently a ten game ban for biting Ivanovic (tasty) six games of which he must sit out at the beginning of this season.
He is a real liability and at £40m he’s not worth the fuss. He will be no use to the Gunners for the start of the season and his attitude, which clearly cannot be tamed, is a real worry.
Enter Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine ticks all the boxes for me, he’s the youngest of the trio (25-years-old), the least expensive (bonus Wenger points) and has been prolific with Madrid. He is a consistent goal scorer, netting 107 goals in 187 appearances for Madrid. A nice tally when you take into account a number of the appearances were as a youngster when he first joined Madrid. He even finished as the clubs top scorer (ahead of Ronaldo) in 2009/10.
He has no clear behavioral issues or no loyalty problems (Rooney’s two transfer requests in thee years) and to me seems the most logical choice however it seems Real are holding out for more cash. I say give it to them, it will be money well spent.
What do you think Gooners? Wilshere and his Arsenal team mates are also excited about the arrival of a big name player, so i’ll leave you with these latest quotes. The Metro reported the Englishman as saying:
Everyone at the training ground has been talking about big-name signings.
It would give us all such a massive lift to sign a big name like the ones we’ve been linked with.
It would be good not just for the players but the staff and everybody connected to Arsenal.