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Arsenal boss' decision on Luis Suarez comes back to haunt him again

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring the second goal for Napoli

Arsenal's failure to sign Gonzalo Higuain this summer dates back to a mistake they made three years ago.

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring the second goal for NapoliNapoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring the second goal for Napoli

Arsenal have missed out on the signature of Gonzalo Higuain, with The BBC reporting the Argentine has signed for Juventus.

The Gunners can't be blamed for choosing not to pay a staggering £75 million for the 28-year-old, even if the fee is to be split over two seasons, but they can and should take flak for a key mistake they made in 2013.

Three years ago they were desperate to sign a striker, to shake off the stench of Robin van Persie winning the title with Manchester United a year earlier.

It got to July 2013 and only Yaya Sanogo was signed up, but the Gunners were strongly pursuing Higuain, who was available from Real Madrid at the right price.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

A deal appeared close, with The Guardian reporting Higuain had agreed a three-year deal with Arsenal, and was set to fly out for a medical with the Gunners.

These reports evidently jumped the gun, but the feeling was that Arsenal were on the verge of pulling off a deal, before Arsene Wenger made the crazy decision later in July to start chasing Luis Suarez.

Wenger's infamous £40m plus £1 bid expended a lot of energy between Arsenal and Liverpool, with the Gunners sure they had activated his release clause, but Liverpool denying so.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez in actionLiverpool's Luis Suarez in action

Suarez was a player worth chasing, but his off field digressions made him a very 'un-Wenger like' target, compared to the Higuain.

While Arsenal focused on their fruitless pursuit of Suarez, Higuain was able to slip off to Napoli.

He was available to sign for a fraction of the price he has just gone for, and Arsenal missed out because their attentions were elsewhere.

The Gunners have not signed a striker close to Higuain's quality since, and fans can only wonder what the last three seasons would have looked like with the Argentine in their side, with the striker netting 36 goals in 35 games last season.

It was a peculiar decision from Arsene Wenger at the time, and one which has come back to haunt them now, with Higuain now unattainable.

Two FA Cups but no league titles later, fans remain impatient for the Frenchman to get it together in the transfer market.

This summer he has paid for his previous Higuain mistake, and time is running out to sign an alternative ahead of the season kicking off.

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