Another boring day in the window. I have visited most Arsenal forums today and about 80% of fans don’t want Pipita. I am struggling to understand why? It is not every day that a world class striker becomes available and fans are saying ‘no we don’t want this’. Its like a kid in the sweet shop with loads of options to choose from!
Gonzalo Higuain scored 18 goals in the Italian league (which is very defensive by the way!) and he scored 29 goals in all competitions. In the last 5 years he has been one of the most consistent strikers in Europe, be it in Spain or in Italy. So when I hear fans saying we don’t want Pipita, I don’t understand because it doesn’t look like football reasons to me. Is it because he went to Napoli? I would like to remind fans that players don’t put a price tag on their heads. The football club does. So If Arsenal didn’t meet his valuation and Napoli met his valuation why should we be blaming him for going to Napoli. We act as if we have got loads of world-class options in the window. So lets look at some of the other options shall we?
Paulo Dybala.- Off to Juventus.
Luciano Vietto.- Almost a done deal with Atletico de Madrid.
Jackson Martinez.- Almost a done deal with AC Milan.
That leaves us with a few like Higuain – Icardi, Benzema and Lacazette. Benzema is a dangerous game as Madrid will only sell if they get Aguero. Aguero plays for Man City and you know how difficult it is to buy Aguero. City are no Liverpool. Icardi and Lacazette are great potentials – like Harry Kane for example. In 2013/2014 Icardi scored 9 goals while Lacazette scored 15. They are not proven Internationals and have got no history of moving clubs and adapting to a a new language, or new culture or new style of play. Below is the statistics of Gonzalo for the last 7 years.
–Years— League App—-Goals—Total App–TotalGoals
If you take Messi and Ronaldo out of the equation, you won’t find many strikers as consistent as Pipita has shown in the last 7 years. He is 27 years old which for me is the perfect age to get a striker. I will conclude by saying that this guy has a record of one goal in every two games for the last seven years! That is proven consistency. Its not some one-season wonder. Its funny when we say’ no’ to such a player. If we had Costa I would understand – but we have Giroud and Welbeck. No disrespect – and I say it in a very polite way……