by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Type ‘Higuain’ in the search box of your Twitter client. You will be humoured, irritated and intrigued at the same time. From the lame jokes about his medicals or travel time, to Gooners begging the Arsenal’s official website to finally announce the deal, the updates trickle in by the second. One might be forced to wonder what the fuss about.
Let me tell you. The Argentine is almost likely not to be on the list of top 10 footballers of any serious pundit or fun, but he is one of the deadliest finishers around. Whether with either foot or his head, the Real Madrid forward knows the way to goal. At the end of last season, he declared his intentions to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after six years, for a fresh challenge. In the last few weeks, Arsenal have become hot favourites for his signature. It has not happened yet as I write, but we are made to believe it is very close.
And yes, it is a big deal. For Arsene and Arsenal, the 2013/2014 season is their chance. Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped down as Manchester United’s manager, and has taken his influence and charisma along. David Moyes has been appointed as his successor. The Scot might have not won a major trophy in his managerial career, but I think he is the right choice. However, his introduction to life at the higher level is as tough as it can be. From trying to keep former protégé Wayne Rooney to his first six fixtures in the new season, Moyes is saddled with a heavy task. Somewhere in Manchester too, Manuel Pellegrini has arrived in England and will take time to get a firm grasp of the rough and tumble.
Mourinho is back in England. He would have preferred to be in Moyes’ shoes, but his threatics means he is stuck in a marriage of convenience with Chelsea. So far in the transfer market, he has not worked wonders like he did the first time around. Schurrle looks rather lightweight for the Premier League and van Ginkel is surely one for the future. Cavani has not arrived yet, because Abramovich is baulking at Napoli’s value for the striker. Which means Torres and Ba are still the recognised strikers Chelsea have.
If Wenger seals a deal for Higuain, he will be getting a powerful frontman, who can guarantee at least 20-25 goals a season. Last campaign, Olivier Giroud led the line well, but missed too many chances. Higuain’s numbers at River Plate and Madrid say it all. Although, his purchase will definitely smash Arsenal’s transfer fee and wage structure, he is worth every million. His arrival, along with Fellaini/Rooney/Fabregas/Cesar, will not only add experience to the squad, but also send a loud and clear message to their rivals, that the chains of debt are broken and their manager is ready to bring glory back to the club and their fans.