Arsenal talks denied by Argentina international

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Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain has denied that he opted to sign for Napoli over Arsenal in the summer.

The 26-year-old left Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, and eventually joined the Serie A side, despite being strongly linked with a move to the Gunners.

However, Higuain has clarified that he did not discuss personal terms with the current Premier League leaders, who instead smashed their transfer record on the striker's ex-Real Madrid teammate Mesut Ozil.

When asked by The Times whether a move to Arsenal was a possibility, Higuain responded: "Yes".

Before adding: "But I did not speak to them. They said Arsenal wanted to sign me, that they were there negotiating [with Real Madrid], but it was Napoli who came and bought me."

Napoli spent £32m in order to bring Higuain to the Stadio San Paolo, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was only prepared to pay £23m on the man who has scored 10 goals in 17 appearances this season.

However, Higuain is delighted to be playing at Napoli under manager Rafael Benitez.

"They persuaded me with their conviction," he added. "I am very grateful to Napoli, to the president, too, for everything he has done for me, and for everything he did to buy me quickly. Knowing how much I was wanted gave me a lot of confidence.

"The manager spoke very well to me too. He is one of the reasons that convinced me to come. He is a sincere person, an honest person. The things he said have to remain between us, but he made it a very easy decision."

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