This offseason has been a typical one for Arsenal so far. Promises of big-name transfers at the beginning of the summer have led to practically nothing. There has been only one signing so far and that came in the form of Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from French-side Auxerre. A seemingly classic Arsène Wenger signing, the U-20 from France has had some injury problems in the past. With memories of Abou Diaby in my mind, I can only hope that this player pans out.
With many exits having happened already, and the war chest at the management’s disposal, there is room on the team for some big signings. Arsenal would be wise to continue in their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain and give up on securing Luiz Suarez.
After chasing Higuain for what seems like the entire summer now, it appears as if Arsenal have shifted their efforts to Suarez. Liverpool have confirmed that they rejected a bid of around £30 million for the Uruguayan, and now reports are coming in that there will be an increased offer very soon. This change in direction for the gunners is very confusing to me for a number of reasons. I keep hoping that the apparent pursuit of Suarez might be a negotiating tactic meant to keep Real Madrid from dragging their feet anymore and agree to a sale price for Higuain. Arsenal have always been very confidential in their transfer market dealings, so I would be surprised if we ever find out what the holdup is.
There are many problems with Suarez. With a penchant for drama, he brings negativity everywhere he goes. Being accused of racism and biting someone not once, but twice are only some of the issues that his past clubs have had to deal with. That doesn’t even go into the issue of diving and his tendencies to go down easily after a tackle. Don’t get me wrong, Suarez is an excellent player who is proven in the English Premier League, and he will probably score a lot of goals wherever he ends up, but Arsenal can do better as far as character goes. Arsenal should pass up on this player, as the club doesn’t want to be involved with someone that has that kind of cloud of negativity around him.
Higuain is a tremendous talent, one which I would love to see in an Arsenal jersey. He scored sixteen goals in only nineteen starts in La Liga last year. He did this having been rotated at forward with Karim Benzema, who managed just eleven goals in as many starts as Higuain. He might not be proven in the English Premier League, but Higuain has a high conversion rate and likes to go at defenders. Arsenal stated their willingness to break their transfer fee record which is something they should do on Higuain.
Higuain and Suarez are both great players who have many great years ahead of them, but only one of those men should play for Arsenal. Suarez will be suspended for the first six games of the season come August, and Arsenal should not associate themselves with someone who will inevitably bring in headlines for all the wrong reasons. Higuain does not have all the baggage that Suarez brings with him. His finishing ability in the box is something that Arsenal would love to bring into the club.
The sixteen points that separated Arsenal and Manchester United at the end of last season are something that need to be addressed, and I believe the signing of Higuain would be a step in the right direction.