Arsenal must sign Gonzalo Higuain to win title - John Hartson

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Arsenal must sign striker Gonzalo Higuain in order to challenge for the title next season according to former striker John Hartson.

The Welshman says the Gunners need to spend big to build on their progress for this season and Higuain is the man for the job.

Arsene Wenger guided his team to third place in the Premier League and retain the FA Cup, and now he's being urged to kick on and challenge at the top. Reports in Italy claim that the French boss has already launched a €40 million bid to secure his services, having missed out to Napoli over the 27-year-old when he left Real Madrid in 2013.

Arsenal must aim high and sign Gonzalo Higuain for next season’s title challenge," he wrote on Kicca. "I believe Arsene must break the bank and spend big if they are to go on and compete for the Premier League title after their excellent FA Cup win.

"There has never been a better time spend to big because of all the new TV rights money due to flood into the game.

"But I am sure they will do it the Arsene Wenger way which means finding the right players for the right roles. Napoli’s Higuain is one name that comes to mind. He’s the kind of big name player Arsenal’s main rivals - including Chelsea and Manchester United - will be looking to sign."

Giroud admits Henry criticism was 'Brutal'

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has come in for criticism this season despite netting 14 times in the league, with Thierry Henry also claiming that Wenger needs an upgrade in order to win the title.

The former Montpellier man, who also found the back of the net in the Gunners' 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup, has admitted he was hurt by the criticism from Arsenal's record scorer hurt him - but he's determined to do better next time round.

"Apparently Titi (Henry) corrected himself recently. He said that he was thinking about competition, that he wanted Arsenal to have many strikers who can score goals," said Giroud. "He was a little brutal at the time, so it caused a fuss, but that is what he's asked to do as a pundit and I didn't lose any sleep over it.

"Of course, it hurts your pride - it brings into question the work you do every day. It irritates you, and I was a little annoyed, but I quickly put it behind me. I talked to the coach (Wenger) and the most important thing is to have the support of the people around you, who have faith in you, the staff, my team-mates.

"We can only answer on the pitch and that is also why the FA Cup was important."

Turkish giants out of Podolski transfer race

Galatasaray have dropped their interest in Arsenal outcast Lukas Podolski and will not be making an offer this summer, the club's manager Hamza Hamzaoglu has confirmed.

Podolski is set to return to north London after a six-month loan spell at Inter Milan but Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen to get him off the books as soon as possible.

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