Should Arsenal End Higuain Pursuit & Go For This £25m Striker Instead?

By on July 9, 2013

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has stunned the club by handing in a transfer request on Monday night. Should Arsenal be going all-out to try and land the £25m-rated striker this summer?

A striker is a MUST, no doubt about that. Many names have been linked with a move to the Emirates, none more so than Gonzalo Higuain, but with Real Madrid seemingly playing silly games should we now switch focus and concentrate on Benteke?

The giant Belgian enjoyed a stunning debut season in the Premier League – scoring 19 goals to keep Villa in the top flight – and the fact he’s proven himself in England goes massively in his favour.

How many strikers have we seen tearing it up abroad only to struggle in the Premier League? How do we know someone like Higuain wouldn’t flop here? With Benteke, we know he can cope with the rigors that come with playing in England and if anything, he’ll only get better playing in a better team filled with much better players.

Higuain’s scored 16 goals last season playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Ozil and Di Maria in a Madrid team that scored over 100 goals. Benteke scored 19 of Villa’s 47 goals playing with the likes of Bannan, Weimann and Delph! Just imagine what he could potentially do with Cazorla, Walcott, Wilshere, Podolski, etc supplying the bullets.

Reports are saying Villa will demand £25m for him, but they won’t get near that after he handed in a transfer request. They’ll be lucky to get £20m, they’ll probably end up accepting nearer £18m, so he’s going to be cheaper than Higuain and he’s also three years younger.

We know Tottenham and possibly Liverpool are interested, there’s talk of maybe Chelsea, while Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid have also been linked but with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang going to Dortmund and David Villa off to Madrid I’m not sure they’ll be in the market for another striker.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d still love Higuain to come to Arsenal and his pedigree is unquestioned, but we’ve been trying to tie up a deal for what feels like months now and Madrid are pissing us about big time. If we don’t make some serious headway this week I think it’s time we switched targets and Benteke would be an excellent alternative.

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This is a huge week for Arsenal as we head of on our pre-season tour of Asia on Friday and if we don’t have at least one big name signing on the plane, I fear we could be in for another summer of disappointment in the transfer market. Don’t let it happen Arsene, offer Madrid £25m for Higuain and if it’s still a no-go, slap an £18m bid in for Benteke!

What do you think?? Be patient and hope we can strike a deal for Higuain, or go after Benteke?


  1. dukeofarsenal Malaysia

    July 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Yes..should get Benteke and higuan together…


  2. arsenal-steve

    July 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    If it’s true that Arsenal have not bid for Higuain (maybe it’s true) we should definitely go for Benteke. Problem is maybe the club are just making it look like they are bidding big for big players. Maybe they can then say how hard they tried, to sign the best, but it just did not work. Are we being duped?

    • happisoul

      July 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Hello Steve, i think u’r right…arsenal board r dubious

  3. deabbey

    July 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

    This guy is overrated to me he’s good but not better than what arsenal have no i will say.

  4. Dgob

    July 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Hell ‘YES’,

    He’s proven in the Premiership; loves AFC; achieved when playing with a (arguably) lesser team; gives asists; is unlikely to become homesick (Belgium!?); has the level of physicality that the EPL and AFC both require… What’s there to doubt?

    If we could get him and Fellaini, I’d be very confident about the upcoming season and our future.

    Fingers tightly crossed!

  5. Dgob

    July 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Of course,

    Let’s assume we can shift Bendtner, Park and Chamahk, I’d love it if we got Benteke and Higuian!

    Oh to dream…

    • Niranjith

      July 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Ya it’s a dream.

  6. optimist habila

    July 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

    If Arsenal are really not the problem with Higuan but Real Madrid themselves, or the striker himself, then I would that arsenal hurriedly jettison the Argentine idea and go for any other option. No one club or player should hold the whole of Arsenal bound. No one player will ever the only known possible panacea to the Gunners’ problem.

    • davidrusa

      July 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      I definitely agree. Benteke has already proved himself in EPL. Perhaps with two Belgians namely Benteke and Fellaini Arsenal will have acquitted itself well in the transfer market. It doesn’t make sense to continue this hide and seek with Higuain whom Mourinho even described as very lazy! By the way am even getting worried lest Higuain becomes another Arshavin or Tevez.

  7. koye

    July 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Perez said we did not bid for higuain. Is there an element of truth there? I hope wenger and d press are no decieving us. We shud get benteke as long as d price is right. But wud to see higuian and fellaini in an arsenal shirt this coming season

  8. Bob A

    July 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

    No Benteke, as had one good season with Villa he might be good next season or might not be. Higuain as had 7 good seasons at Madrid,
    As for all the rubbish about his transfer coming,not coming,madrid not wanting to sell etc. I believe there as been a lot of dialouge certainly between Arsenal and the player he stated before Arsenal were invovled he want to leave in the summer so I believe this will happen .
    Most of the stuff written in the last couple of weeks is at best guess work or somebody looking for more hits on their site. Also Senor Perez as is usual thro is mouth piece MARCA, is trying to up the price since Juventas dropped out, this is the usual Spanish tactics, I suppose, although I dont agree with the way it is done , You have Perez on one side trying to maximise the price and Wegner on the other side trying to keep the price down.
    This transfer will happen I am sure when today,tomorrow,next week who knows it depends on if Madrid need the money or Wegner decides to give in a little but we should not be held to ransom.

  9. solih yusuf

    July 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    it is nice to have both of them with us.up gunners!!!.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  10. BiSi

    July 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    How can you end what u are not pursuing? Arsenal are not bid for Higuain so why are u allow this pple to fool U our board don’t ready for any business they just won’t to waste time on nothing so we wul be saying they wonted to buy pls friends don’t let them deceive U arsenal are not buying they just won’t to promote our academy this time

  11. Sam peter

    July 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

    BENTEKE!BIG NO,what is the difference btn hm and Giroud?Arsenal nd World class proven finishers and Higu is the ONE!how sure ur that Benteke wl repeat that performance next season?Hig has been scoring for fun every season,is the typ of striker we want!

  12. Niranjith

    July 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    A great player in Higuain was suppressed by Messi and ronaldo in national and club levels. Assistance from Cazorla, wilshere, walcott and podolski can make him 25+ scorer for Arsenal next season.
    I really love Higuain in an Arsenal shirt. Arsenal must table 25£M for Higuain which will be worthy if we get him, and if Real Madrid gonna play silly games again the we can go for Bentekke with 18£M initial bid and can finalize with 20£M.
    But still I love to c Higuain in Emirates. Ohh wenger go n get him for God sake.

  13. Maiko jm

    July 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Both are 0verated let us get a free scorer like Rooney and leave rejects.

  14. vincent ouma

    July 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I remember telling you before we see Hiquain in arsenal t shirt with official announcement i don’t take it serious wenger will always late us down don’t expect to see Hiquain it’s bad to miss him but we can do nothing

  15. Muhammed Aroke.

    July 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Wenger and the board noting but a foolish people.. Hw can u be in deal 4 higuain for complit two mnth nw, while madrid have sign isco, city hv sign jesus navas, champion league holder hv sign goatez, monaco hv sign almost 5 players, can u imagin arsenal we r taking 10 season nw without troughes what a shame, is dis a club? Wenger r u a sick? In fact Arsenal fanz in london r noting but wost fanz i have ever see on d planet, wenger and stupid stan kronke r making gest of u fanz, am sorry 4 my self to be an arsenal fanz. Stupid club.

  16. Wisdom

    July 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Are we sure Arsenal FC is ready to cash in for this player called Higuain? Or they just want to deceive us that they have being trying hard to sign him but they couldn’t.

  17. taiye

    July 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    yeeaahh! steve, you’ve actually got big trusted brains. I totally agree with you. ARSENAL. are very dubious and cunning. they are toying with our intelligence. we fans are also wise. they are so f**ked.

  18. taiye

    July 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    we fans are also wise to code their tricks and strategic lies

  19. Dr. Dre

    July 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    What exactly is arsenal problem. We’ve gat some money in d purse, so wat r we waiting for. If higuain is n’t a deal, lets go for stevan jovetic, fellaini and jullio cesa. The earlier d beter.

  20. J.Kones Kalyet Narok

    July 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    To me Arsenal wil not sign any player b4 shifting out other players.They spend what they have eg from player sales.lets ope tey wil sign-Fab,hig,fellaini or wanyama ,suares ,cesar n one right back

  21. chidiebere nnorom

    July 10, 2013 at 12:18 am

    to me i say no bcos i b lv asen can still bring him to d emirate. Let us not b n 2 much hurry and make mistake. Higu is wot i wnt. But if madrid want to hold us ramsom nd inflate d price we can nw eat dem boo shit and go after benteke. I blv so much in wengers magic.

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