Arsenal ready to sign Higuain, but put deal on hold for Suarez says BBC reporter

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Arsenal’s failure (if that is the right word?) to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid is still shrouded in mystery. Did Real really put the price up? Were they waiting for new manager Ancelotti to be installed before the deal could be sanctioned?

I don’t know where he is getting his information from but the BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein has posted a new theory on Twitter.

He said

“Understand #afc did not make offer for Higuain. Agreed personal terms but put deal on hold to prioritise Suarez, Napoli pounced #bbcfootball.”

It certainly sounds plausible, and to be fair Real could still have hiked the price up. Ultimately I wonder if Wenger thought that Suarez could force his way out of Liverpool for 40 million plus one pound and that even if he ended up paying twice the amount he would have for Higuain, he would be getting twice the player.

To be fair Arsenal are nowhere near as short of upfront as some of the media is saying today. If Giroud were to get injured or start the season poorly Podolski and Walcott can both play through the middle and Chuba Akpom is clearly an exciting prospect who will get first team run outs this year. Then there is of course Yaya Sanogo. Still, Wenger will face a huge backlash from the fans if Arsenal don’t sign a striker this summer.

By Ashley | August 9th, 2013





  • John

    A French journalist, can’t remember his name, said on twitter when the Higuain transfer entered the medical in London yes/no phase, that Wenger had a short list of 3 strikers, Higuain, Rooney and a then unknown 3rd. He said that the delay with Higuain was because he was the 3rd on the list.
    It seemed a bit far fetched at the time but it does tie in with what David Ornstein is now saying. If true then Suarez was obviously 1st on the list.
    Rooney it is then…..