Arsenal or Napoli? Which is best option for Gonzalo Higuain?

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The Real Madrid striker has been the subject of much transfer talk this summer ... but with it down to an apparent two-horse race where is his best option?

It now appears as if it is a two-horse race for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Italian outfit Napoli are after a replacement for £55 million man Edinson Cavani and see Arsenal hesitation over a deal as the perfect opportunity to swoop in and grab the perfect Cavani alternative.

So which club offers him the best opportunities?

Let’s first look at what a player of Higuain’s stature will be looking for.

I have always believed that players at that level feel like they warrant a few certain things so who offers him the best opportunity for each?

Champions League football

Both offer the elite European competition from their achievements last season but in some respect Napoli have the edge as they are already assured of a place in the Group Stage whilst Arsenal have to get through the qualifying phase.

Looking ahead into the future however and it is sometimes difficult to remember just how many years in a row Arsene Wenger has taken Arsenal to the Champions League amid the silverware drought.

Italian football is however perhaps more fickle than the Premier League and that could serve in Arsenal’s favour.

Good Salary

This is an interesting one because both clubs have a reputation for being stringent with their wage budget.

Put it this way neither side is going to offer Higuain £250k-a-week to come and play for them.

Arsenal will not break from their wage structure however while Napoli have a sizeable chunk of theirs available after Cavani left so perhaps they will be offering him a more lucrative salary.

Silverware

Now we all know that Arsenal have struggled for silverware in recent years; it is no secret and I do not need to spell it out to you.

Napoli won the Coppa Italia in 2012 and will have high ambitions for winning Serie A next season. They will however have major competition from the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Lazio and Fiorentina.

Arsenal are also in tough competition with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all harbouring hopes of a title fight this season.

Think in this respect both Napoli and Arsenal have an equal chance of claiming a league triumph while the domestic cups remain a lottery.

Regular first-team football

Higuain will no doubt be the number one man at Napoli while times may be tougher for him at Arsenal.

Throughout his career Olivier Giroud has always improved in his second season at a new club and it appears that will be the case after his excellent pre-season so far.

And with Giroud in top form Higuain would struggle to usurp him.

Verdict

I think Napoli is his best option in terms of the four things listed above but in quite Jeremy Clarkson fashion I am now going to state the opposite to my conclusion.

Because the Italian league is a league in decline. Riddled with controversy over debt, politics and match-fixing it has slowly but surely slipped below Germany and France in the European football power rankings.

That being said it seems to be increasingly evident that Arsenal may not even want the Argentine.

So perhaps Napoli will be his only option.

Where do you think would best suit Gonzalo Higuain?

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