£35m man is 'league's most decisive player' - Wenger's regret?

Jose Callejon doesn’t think anybody in Serie A can affect a game quite like Gonzalo Higuain.

Early in the summer it looked as if the Premier League would be the division the Argentine would be leaving his mark on - but Arsenal didn’t want to play ball based on the sum Real Madrid quoted.

Napoli had plenty of fresh cash to reinvest after Edinson Cavani departed for wealthy talent magnet Paris St Germain and so ultimately landed the striker’s services for a cool £35m.

He wasn’t the only to make the switch to the San Paolo from the Santiago Bernabeu, however - Raul Albiol and of course Callejon followed suit.

As expected, the trio immediately burst into Rafael Benitez’s first choice starting eleven and haven’t looked back.

Yet from Callejon’s view, Higuain is more than just a man that has the ability determine Napoli’s fortunes, he’s the best at it of anyone in the Italian top flight.

“The road we’ve taken is the right one,” the Spaniard told SkySport24. “Higuain is the most decisive player in Serie A."

His colleague did decided the Partenopei’s last two contests - banging in a brace in a 3-1 Serie A victory over Milan at the weekend and striking the crucial second goal to send Benitez’s side to the Coppa Italia final at Roma’s expense midweek.

Higuain has netted 18 times for Napoli across all competitions in his first term in the shadow of Vesuvius - adding in 10 assists - linking up with Callejon to have a combined hand in 44 of the Partenopei’s 66 total goals.

Yet a question relating back to the summer burns underneath - is there potentially a jealous glance from Arsene Wenger somewhere in here?

Plenty of scrutiny has been sent the Frenchman’s way for failing to bring in a big-name striker - or even one at all - in January as reports flit around of a hefty war untapped war chest at the Emirates.

Snapping up Higuain when the opportunity presented itself might’ve been Wenger’s chance to avoid the present situation altogether - Olivier Giroud on just three goals in his past 14 games and lacking cover.

It’s true that £35m is a hefty price to pay, but in today’s market the reality is that a top quality striker comes at a premium and the Napoli man has done his bit to justify his price-tag.

Could he have done the same for the Gunners if they’d splashed the cash?

We’ll never know, that much is certain.

Though as the title race enters its final phase and with Arsenal’s striker narrative unresolved, one can’t help but wonder if Higuain could’ve made the same decisive difference at the Emirates that Callejon has pointed to at the San Paolo.

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