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Arsenal target can change the Gunners' mentality

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After another season without a trophy in the Premier League, in which Arsenal was top of the table for the majority of the 2007/08 season, manager Arsène Wenger felt his team was closer to retaining the league title than ever before and further reinforces was due.

The offensive talents of Aaron Ramsey, Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin was brought to the Emirates Stadium. The latter for a record fee of £15m.

During the 2008/09 season Wenger experimented with a 4-3-3-system at times which lead to a permanent switch of formation the following season.

The Frenchman's tactical change was surprising when Wenger have had such immense success with his 4-4-2-system but the new formation would bring out more offensive talents from Cesc Fabregas - it lead to an impressive 15 league goals from the midfielder but in the end "only" a third place.

The matches, the titles and the seasons have gone since that tactical change and the Gunners trophy drought remains, but a player of highest quality can change not only a group of players' mentality but perhaps even a tenacious Frenchmen?

Born in Brest, France Gonzalo Higuain went to Argentina at the age of ten months and was schooled at River Plate. The striker was "destined for superstardom", according to his former coach Daniel Passarella.

During his spell at Real Madrid the 25-year-old Higuain made his debut as a newly turned 20-year-old and since then scored over 15 goals in four of his seven seasons at the Spanish giants, and rarely as the clubs first striker choice.

It has hardly flown passed anyone that Higuain is a wanted operator on the transfer market and Arsenal are a club searching for a saviour of divinely gifted talent in front of goal. It's not to underestimate the psychological impact in a group of players when a world-class player joins the squad.

Last season Santi Cazorla made a massive impact as a new signing and was rightfully voted Arsenal's best player of the season. There is no doubt of Higuain's ability on the pitch.

His movement over the final third of the pitch is top class every single match and a clinical ability in front of goal that Arsenal is in desperate need of. The problems for Arsenal remain, though, with or without Higuain - in which style of play Wenger urges his team to practice.

The movement of last season's attacking signings Oliver Giroud and Lukas Podolski were in the majority of matches satisfactory but the short-passing style of play in Wenger's midfield made their efforts of runs behind opponents defensive line ineffective.

To blame the low efficiency of Arsenal's possession on the strikers is therefore undeserved. To reinforce the squad with Higuain would without a doubt give Arsenal more edge in front of goal, but it won't turn their fourth place on the final day of the season at Newcastle to a first league title since 2004. Wenger has structural changes to be make in order to bring glory back to north London.

When Giroud was brought in alongside Podolski last summer, a return to the previous successful 4-4-2-system was logical, but instead Giroud was the single striker with Podolski being placed on the left wing or on the bench for the majority of the season.

Both pleased during a match now and then but not close to living up to the expectations of Gunners' fans. 

To sign a player of Higuain's stature would change a lot of people's attitude towards Arsenal: not only the fans, opponents, media and pundits worldwide but the attitude in the club itself from the back-room staff up to Wenger, Stan Kroenke and Ivan Gazidis.

If Arsenal can land Higuain, the spirit of Arsenal will be a totally different one than it has been for years when the new Premier League season approaches.

 

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