Arsenal are expected to complete a deal for Real Madrid striker Higuain who would become a very significant member of the attacking unit in Arsenal’s squad.
The main criticism of the move is that it threatens the relative success enjoyed by Lukas Podolski and the other strikers at the club last season, as Arsenal coped well in terms of the loss of Robin van Persie’s goals.
Podolski for one certainly doesn’t see Higuain’s imminent arrival as a threat to his own position in the side and he will fight the Argentinian all the way for a place in the team.
“It is always good when good players come in. I don’t worry about a specific player. And it is certainly not a problem. I am strong enough and I have qualities. And when good players come in, I will play with good players,” Podolski told the Sun.
Rather than Higuain’s arrival being negative for other players, the club could benefit from it in a couple of ways which are generated by Podolski’s fighting words.
Podolski was used in a wider position on the left at times last season when Olivier Giroud was preferred in a central attacking role.
As much as Podolski himself wants to play through the middle, that’s a role which will more than likely be filled by Higuain.
The point is Podolski and Higuain are very talented attacking players and they could combine well, linking up, swapping positions and generally creating chaos in the opposition defence.
The other area where it’s going to benefit the Gunners is on the training pitch because the competition for attacking places at Arsenal is going to be superb heading into the new season.
Arsene Wenger could be in a situation where he has four players in Podolski, Higuain, Giroud and Theo Walcott all fighting for central attacking positions in the team.
The way they can get into the side to take a chance is by impressing in training and that means busting a gut, running that extra yard and putting in a bit of extra effort in order get that place.
The demands that will create on the training field for Arsenal can only increase the quality of each session which in turn will only benefit the side as a whole.
It’s encouraging to see Podolski take Higuain’s possible arrival as a challenge rather than throwing his toys out of the pram to try and force a move away from the Emirates to a side where he would be the undoubted number one forward.
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