Could Arsenal use French connection to win race for £19m striker?

Arsene Wenger has reportedly met with the father of Gonzalo Higuain in Paris this week.

The Gonzalo Higuain pursuit took another twist this weekend after The Sun reported that Arsenal were edging ahead of Juventus in the pursuit of the Argentine striker.

It comes just a week after the press in Italy had reports to the contrary; that a deal to Juve was done.

One thing that does seem sure is that Higuain is leaving.

He has now made it clear he wants to leave for a new challenge and it is widely expected he hopes to be the lead front-man wherever he goes; something these two clubs may be able to offer him.

So how have Arsenal apparently now got the edge?

Well for once it looks like they might be able to blow their competitors out of the water financially. Ivan Gazidis publicly declared that the club had money that they were finally willing to spend. Things at Juventus are far tighter; with pursestrings buttoned down they are struggling to meet the demands of Los Merengues.

The other stems from the report that Arsene Wenger himself has actually met up with the father of Gonzalo, Jorge Higuain in Paris this week. The report falsely states that Jorge is his agent, in fact his brother Nicolas is, but do not let that ruin its credibility as I can definitely see this pair sitting down for some refreshments in a quaint Parisian bistro.

Because let us not forget that Gonzalo Higuain was in fact born in the French town of Brest. He is in fact a French citizen and only received his Argentine passport when he was called up for international duty for the first time in 2007.

His father Jorge played for Stade Brest for just one season but in that time his wife Nancy gave birth to Gonzalo; making them all French citizens.

Gonzalo himself speaks little or no French but Jorge speaks some and if not Wenger is competent in Spanish (of course he is) so the conversation would have been smooth regardless.

Whatever connection to the Gallic land the Higuain’s still have in their body may be minute but it might just be enough for Wenger to pull the strings and convince them that The Emirates is the only location for the Gonzalo of the clan.

Do you think Gonzalo Higuain is more likely to sign for Arsenal or Juventus?

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