Gonzalo Higuain was on top form for Napoli this afternoon – surely Arsenal should have been more aggressive in their approach for the player?

This summer saw Arsenal involved in a transfer battle for Gonzalo Higuain.

He announced on the final day of the La Liga season that he would be leaving Madrid – and two teams immediately popped up as the favourites to sign him, Arsenal and Juventus.

But when Juve signed Carlos Tevez it seemed Arsenal had a clear path toward snapping him up.

Arsenal could have snapped up Higuain in a matter of days if they wanted – but Arsene Wenger mistakenly got it in his head that Liverpool would allow Luis Suarez to leave for North London.

By the time he realised that he was flogging a dead horse in his Suarez pursuit it was too late, Higuain had joined Napoli as the replacement for PSG bound Edinson Cavani for a reported fee of £34.5 million.

Higuain later admitted that Arsenal registered their interest but it never went further than that…

Bet they wish they did now.

Yesterday Arsenal started with unproven French youngster Yaya Sanogo in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan. He might be a talented young player – but he never looked like taking his chances against the Championship side.

It came as a tired Olivier Giroud continued to struggle in front of goal and Wenger clearly needed to freshen things up – if only he could have done so with the presence of Higuain.

Because today the Argentinian scored his first hat-trick for Napoli in a 4-2 win against Lazio.

He bagged his 20th, 21st and 22nd goals of the season today in a thumping Serie A victory – and surely Arsenal would be in a better position had they have just stuck with their pursuit of Higuain – and not been lured on a wild goose chase for Suarez.

Here is his hat-trick goal …


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