Arsenal need a top striker. Rewind a year and the same was true. Five years? Ditto.
It’s a seemingly never ending saga and it’s easy to see why Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger generates such chagrin amongst a section of the Gunners faithful.
Sky Sports News today states that a price tag of 94m Euros has been put on the head of a long-term target. They say:
Sky sources: Napoli will not sell striker Gonzalo Higuain for anything less than 94m euros.
The report suggests that Juventus are hot on the trail of the bullish centre forward and surely they won’t go to that price.
But you can be almost certain that Arsenal wouldn’t even take a sniff if you knocked 30m Euros off the price.
It seems to be a case more of principal than a lack of funds for Wenger. His prudence should perhaps be admired in a time of ridiculous fees.
But surely he wants to win serious silverware and confound the long-term doubters?
Higuain’s supposed fee is ludicrous for a player of 28 and who was essentially passed over by Real Madrid in a modest spell at El Bernabeu.
But strikers of this quality are rare and if Arsenal do want to get closer to winning the title they will surely have to sign a prolific rather than simply promising forward.
Talk of Alexandre Lacazette arriving will generate excitement in some quarters but he is still a player who may or may not become an A-lister rather than a bonafide superstar.
We feel that this is Wenger’s last chance to be remembered as a great rather than a stubborn old romantic.
He only needs a top centre back and a centre forward to complete the jigsaw and Gunners fans are losing confidence in a man who seems certain to be once more rummaging around the bargain basement for reinforcements come the second half of August.