Arsenal will not be content to be left faced with a similar situation to last season, where they had to struggle to qualify for the Champions League on the final day of the campaign.
The reported possible signing in recent days has been that of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain - a transfer that would break the club's record fee paid for Andrey Arshavin back in 2009.
This is the kind of signing many fans had been calling for after the departure of former captain Robin van Persie. Higuain offers a genuine world-class threat upfront and is the kind of player who would improve any squad.
One real weakness of Arsenal last season was their inability to convert chances, which led to some fans venting frustrations somewhat unfairly
on new striker Olivier Giroud.
Understandably some fans gave comparisons to his predecessor Van Persie, who had enjoyed the season of his career the season before. I personally rate Giroud very highly and consider his role in the team to have been very important in achieving what they achieved last season; however, I do believe if they are to push on and move up the table and fight for honours they need that something a bit more special upfront.
Higuain would offer something a bit more special. This is because of his proven track record of scoring goals both in domestic football and on the international stage - something only the best can achieve.
Higuain’s chance-conversion rate is extraordinary, which is something Giroud lacked last season and it cost Arsenal at times. His link-up play is great, something that was a real strength in Giroud last season. He is also very good on the ball and he has a high dribble success rate.
Higuain’s time at Madrid has by no means been easy for him, understandably at a club like Real Madrid, where options in all positions are plentiful.
During his time in Madrid he has had other players contesting with him for the starting role, including Karim Benzema, Raul and Ruud van Nistlrooy, but even with this depth in the position his goal return was regularly impressive.
This mean Arsenal can offer Higuain something he has not had in his whole time at Madrid: guaranteed first-choice status, which can only breed confidence and have a positive impact on his performances.
Higuain would be a superb addition to the team and one that could only be beneficial to the squad. He is the kind of player that will also attract other big names at a time when investment is really needed in the squad if Arsenal want to push on and start to challenge with the likes of Chelsea, United and City.
He could be the player who fills the gap up front for them after the departure of their former captain last summer.
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