Higuain reveals why he chose Napoli over Arsenal

The Argentine striker was heavily linked with a move to North London in the summer, but opted for a switch to the Serie A high-flyers.

Arsenal’s priority in this summer’s transfer market looks set to be a new striker, with continued question marks over the centre forward options at Arsene Wenger’s disposal.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of strikers in recent times, with Gonzalo Higuain a high-profile attacker to slip through the net.

The Argentina international was thought to be a major target for the North Londoners in the summer, but despite prolonged rumblings the marksman opted for a switch to Napoli instead of moving to the Premier League.

With the former Real Madrid attacker excelling at the Stadio San Paolo, he has explained why he opted for a move to Naples.

"I have a good life and I am happy, Naples is the perfect city to play football in," he told La Repubblica.

"We will grow together, me and the team. I have a long contract and I do not limit myself to just winning the Scudetto. Among my goals is also to eclipse the goal record of [Diego] Maradona,”

Higuain admitted that he felt that he had joined a unique club from the early days of his Napoli career – especially due to the affection from the fans.

"We had a special relationship, from the first moment,” he continued.

“I immediately felt their affection and I go out on the pitch and try and give my best. I want to make them happy. Playing football in Naples is a truly special experience.

“In Naples I feel good and I'm happy. I made the right choice, I'm not going to comment on other offers I had.

“[Rafa] Benitez and [Aurelio] De Laurentiis convinced me immediately with their project and ambition to win."

Higuain has already faced former suitors Arsenal in the Champions League, scoring against the North Londoners in the group stage.

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