Arsene Wenger has praised Gonzalo Higuain, the player he tried to buy during the summer, but insists that Olivier Giroud has proven himself a ‘great striker’ this season.
Arsenal’s pursuit of the Argentine was almost complete but last minute shenanigans meant that he ended up in Naples. In the end, after a protracted attempt to trigger a non-existent clause in the contract of Luis Suarez, the Gunners spent big on Mesut Ozil, and the Arsenal manager says he’s happy with how things have worked out.
“Higuain, I think he is a player you have to keep quiet,” he said. “He is of course very dangerous, the more we can play outside the box, the easier it will be for us to keep him quiet.
“There was a lot of statements that were not true about Higuain, he has joined Benitez. He is in good hands and shows he is a great striker.
“But we have Giroud who shows as well that he is a great striker.”
This season, in all competitions, the Frenchman has 9 goals and 5 assists, while in comparison Higuain has scored 10 and made 6 assists.
Given the club’s need/desire for another striker to take the burden off Giroud, it’s hard not to be slightly wistful about the former Real Madrid man’s non-arrival, but the reality is that his signing, or that of another big name striker (whether bitey, racist or otherwise) would certainly have meant going without Mesut Ozil.
And Wenger is pleased at his biggest ever purchase, saying, “Am I happy with the player I got in Ozil? Very much.”