Fellaini and Higuain: Worthy targets for the Gunners?

With the 3 main title-contenders all changing their manager, many would see this summer as an opportunity that Arsenal must not miss to flex their financial muscle and spend big. With Arsene Wenger a very shrewd negotiator in the transfer market, many are unsure whether he will change this habit.

Although, all Arsenal fans feel now is the right time to properly strengthen the squad to challenge for silverware next season and beyond.

Fans have been clamouring for additions in all over the team but arguably the two positions that are most in need of reinforcements are striker and defensive/central midfielder. With Olivier Giroud the only true no.9 in the squad, another quality striker is needed to add a natural goalscorer and take some pressure off the Frenchman.

Also, with the uncertainty surrounding Jack Wilshere’s long-term position and Abou Diaby’s constant misfortune with injuries, only Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and possibly Oxlade-Chamberlain are options. If we are serious about challenging, another reliable midfielder is needed to add strength to compliment the technical ability of our other central midfielders.

Two players that have been heavily linked to Arsenal in these positions are Marouane Fellaini and Gonzalo Higuain. Here’s a quick look at them as players and how I think they would fare at Arsenal.


Marouane Fellaini:

The Everton midfielder has had probably his best ever season in a blue shirt. Largely playing off a main striker he has scored 11 goals – his best return for Everton and their top scorer last season.

Despite this, he still believes his best position is as a combative central midfielder and when Everton visited the Emirates he was fantastic in there and helped Everton hugely in claiming a credible draw.

Although, while Fellaini is a very good player, I have my doubts about his passing ability and discipline, and with a fee of 20m upwards being mooted, I’m skeptical about whether or not it would be a wise buy.


Gonzalo Higuain:

The Real Madrid striker is simply one of the best goalscorers in the world. His brilliant scoring rate and his potency in front of goal cannot be ignored when we are in need of a 20+ goalscorer. Juventus are thought to be in pole position for his signature but with a new coach yet to be appointed at Real, there is uncertainty around Higuain’s future and it seems this transfer could rumble on for quite a while.

Whatever transfers are made during this hugely important summer, I do believe Arsene Wenger finally knows now is the time to spend the hoards of money in reserve to mount a challenge for trophies.


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  1. bc

    June 16, 2013 at 20:01

    I don’t think there is a better solution out there than fellaini. He is big strong scores goals and played alongside arteta before. He is the only player in the epl that is close to the yaya toure patrick vieira type. He is exactly what we need. We have seen that ramsey can also play alongside arteta and I am certain that ramsey could also play alongside fellani. Like wise I think coquelin frimpong and when fit diaby would give us further back up. 6 players for the 2 holding roles is ample even if one of them is diaby. I also think, that yennaris and aneke could make a similar partnership to arteta/fellaini, one day and could certainly learn the roles training alongside them. I think their is 4 potential pairings in the petit/vieira mould.

    As for the striker higuain or rooney would be ideal competition for giroud and I believe either could also play alongside giroud or walcott and podolski.

    My only other first x1 signing would be a new keeper. Begovic would be a great replacement for fabianski and will szczesney something to think about but I would also go for schwarzer as replacement for mannone.

    After that it is squad signings nani for gervinho would be an improvement. Williams for djourou another. That is my 6 that will give us two teams (2 players for each position) plus a dozen spares. My 34 man squad

    Arteta/le coq/frimpong/yennaris

    *or rooney

    To be sold- fabianski mannone santos djourou gervinho park chamakh bendtner. Although we could do with another couple of full backs both yennaris and coquelin can cover left and right until the likes of bellerin and ormonde-ottewill fulfill their potential. Let’s not forget though of that 34 man squad only 22 of them are classed as homegrown/non-homegrown so there is room to buy 3 more players if needed giving some ofthe youngsters a chance to go on loan.

  2. udidass

    June 16, 2013 at 20:28

    Story story story Arsene can never get dia signature.

  3. Daniel Mitchell

    June 16, 2013 at 21:24

    Fellaini and Higuain would be exceptional signings.

  4. Ian Hawthorne

    June 16, 2013 at 22:08

    These two players are absolutely THE perfect signings for Arsenal. They would both fit into the current side superbly and send out a real statement that we mean business.
    Write us off at your peril

  5. mr arsenal

    June 16, 2013 at 23:11

    just am attending coaching collage and if arsenal got these players they will won every thing

    Gonzalo HIGUAIN : good finisher
    CESC FABRIGAS : former arsenal player ( attacking midfielder )
    MARUAN FELLAINI : strong defensive midfielder and good on air
    Ashley Williams : strong British defender and leader
    Julio Caser : world class keeper and experienced


  6. Gabriel

    June 17, 2013 at 01:15

    If arsenal could sign this two players then it will be siginal to other clubs that the team is up again

  7. jaybee_efc

    June 17, 2013 at 13:22

    just make a bid instead of all this posturing

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