A blog by @DanPinder_
Gervinho is another one of our strikers who hasn’t been living up to expectation since his move from Lille; people criticize Gervinho for his decision making and finishing, although his ability to run and players and take them on; and his dribble rate is nigh on best at the club.
Just this week Arsenal have reportedly agreed a fee of around £19million for Gonzalo Higuaín from Real Madrid. There has been speculation that the transfer will only take place should Arsenal finish in a Champions League spot; which is vital for the club; and more importantly the fans, finishing above Tottenham.
The transfer fee would break our current transfer record which was for Andrei Arshavin in 2008 for a fee of £15million. The move for Higuaín will more than likely see a couple of forwards leave the club; Bendtner and Park are just two of the possibilities who see their futures away from Arsenal; Arshavin’s contract is up at the end of the season, it is looking very likely that he also won’t be at Arsenal next season, rumours that he is thinking about retiring from football after falling out of love with the game. Bendtner and Park should bring around £8-10million to the club.
Real Madrid’s general manager; Jose Angel Sanchez released the following statement: ‘In a great club like Real, we believe we need two number nines of a high level. We have Benzema and Higuain, Higuain will leave, Benzema will stay and two others will come.’
Gonzalo Higuaín’s record in Spain, more predominantly in La Liga, is one of the best, this season he has played second fiddle to Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, but out of the 25 games he has played in La Liga he has scored 13, only starting 16 of those games. The 2011/2012 season saw him feature more regularly, playing 35 games in La Liga and scoring 22. In 2010/2011 playing 17 and scoring 10. Gonzalo is also a prolific forward for his country; Argentina, in the 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Gonzalo has played 10 games, scoring 9 goals.
Gonzalo Higuaín’s on goal percentage is 52% and can be lethal in and around the box; he is composed in-front of the goal, more so than some of our current players; he also possesses great movement and anticipation. He may not be the quickest with the ball; but technically he is up there with the likes of David Villa, who we have also been linked with; however Villa is 31 years old.
With the expected arrival of Higuaín to Arsenal, there are questions on how he would fit in. Many Arsenal fans would like to see us revert back to the old 4-4-2, as this is what we were best at; and also has a great deal of fluidity in both attacking and defending, as you could see a number of combinations upfront – Giroud/Podolski, Giroud/Walcott, Giroud/Higuaín or Higuaín/Walcott. Podolski hasn’t been given much of a chance spearheading the attack this season, but some would argue that he plays best as the second striker, sitting just behind the main striker, which could either be Higuaín, Giroud or Walcott. Higuaín is also a strong player on the ball, with a low centre of gravity; and can finish with either foot.
Although all the positives are there for a striker, it has been known that Higuaín can occasionally go missing in the bigger games, he hasn’t had much impact in the Champions League for Real Madrid, also in the El Clásico’s that he has played in. Also he featured in the 4-0 defeat to Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where he didn’t make much of an impact.