Failed Arsenal summer target Higuain opens Serie A account for Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain bagged the fourth goal in a 4-2 away win against Chievo Verona.

Arsenal have, as we all know, been poor in the transfer market this summer. Arsene Wenger expressed this morning himself, that he is not an expert in the transfer window.

Now this summer one area they have seemingly been keen to improve has been in the striker department - and they really could have had their man in the form of Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

The striker was clearly open to the idea of a switch to Arsenal - with the idea of regular football in the Premier League appealing to the ruthless Argentine striker.

But, while the apparent interest in Higuain was still ongoing, Arsenal went for Luis Suarez - a deal which, while ambitious, was never going to happen.

That alienated any approach for Higuain - and Napoli swooped in.

The Italian outfit made an approach, made it clear he was the man they wanted to replace PSG bound Edinson Cavani, and snapped him up within in a week - president Aurelio Di Laurentiis showing the hierarchy at The Emirates just exactly how a transfer negotiation should be done.

And yesterday, Higuain scored his first competitive goal for the club.

He had already bagged a goal in a pre-season game against Benfica - but failed to hit the target against Bologna on the opening day of the Serie A season.

He seemed unlikely to be involved for Napoli against Chievo yesterday, after slipping on rocks and damaging his jaw on an excursion to Capri last week.

But he started the fixture, and was one of the stars as they toppled Chievo Verona 4-2 away from home.

Higuain put the icing on the cake with a close range finish, highlighting his obvious poaching ability.

Not the prettiest of goals, but they all count…

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