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Gonzalo Higuain closing in on Arsenal move

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Higuain closing in on Arsenal switch. (©GettyImages)
Higuain closing in on Arsenal switch. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal fans are set to have their long awaited dreams realised, with the Gunners just days away from capturing their first signing of the summer for a club record fee.

Gonzalo Higuain was already reported to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal, in a move that would see him become their top earner on a figure believed to be around £130,000-per-week.

talkSPORT have since revealed that only a medical is left to be completed before he would officially become an Arsenal player, after Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez agreed to the £22 million fee.

The 25-year-old will join on a four-year-deal after calling it a day on his Real Madrid career, which has seen him spend much of his time keeping the bench warm.

In 2006 he was thought to possess huge potential, but since joining Madrid he has found it difficult to hold down a regular starting place.

It was only during the 2009/10 season under Manuel Pellegrini, now the Manchester City manager, that Higuain was the first-choice striker. In that campaign he netted a decent 29 goals - out of the 117 goals he scored throughout his seven-year tenure.

Last season Higuain played second fiddle to Karim Benzema more often than not, yet still managed to accumulate 16 goals in 19 league starts - a record that betters most.

Higuain has also established himself as the top scorer in South America’s World Cup Qualifiers throughout the last year, with one more goal than Lionel Messi. However, there is a suggestion the teams he has scored against are weaker opponents compared to the teams he will face in the Premier League.

Nonetheless, Arsenal are in need of a marquee signing and a goalscorer is certainly among the priorities this summer.

Higuain’s record and goalscoring pedigree is undoubtedly good, with his technical ability making him the perfect fit with the Gunners' footballing ethos.

Furthermore, at £22 million and just 25-years-old, this is good value for money, unlike the January rumours of £14 million for David Villa, a 31-year-old.

Higuain will put an end to the string of under-par strikers that Arsenal currently have in the likes of Olivier Giroud, Marouane Chamakh, and Nicklas Bendtner, all adding to the wage-bill, and could, along as there are another one or two top signings, even push Arsenal up the table, returning them to their place as serious title-contenders.

 

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