Jack Wilshere has suggested that Arsenal’s intentions of signing Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain can only be good news, and hoped that their squad would have as much depth as the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger welcomes most of his squad back to the training ground this week, and the work on their pre-season campaign will begin. The good news for Arsenal fans is that Wilshere’s minor surgery on his ankle was a success, and the England international star is fully fit for the new upcoming season. Wenger has been struggling for the fitness of his star players, and Wilshere’s fitness is a big boost for the French manager’s preparations for the new season. The midfielder has developed into a skillful passer of the ball, with agility and quick intelligent movement off the ball and the general consensus is that he will add goals to his game in the next few seasons just as Cesc Fabregas did.
Arsenal have been trying to buy a striker who is a traditional center forward, and guarantees goals each season, and that has so far not been the case with last season’s signing Olivier Giroud. The former Montpellier striker had a decent first campaign for the club, and should improve this season with patience from the Arsenal fans. The club have been involved in concrete transfer talks with strikers like Wayne Rooney and Higuain. With a heavy transfer kitty available to Wenger, signing both strikers could also be a possibility, but realistically, either front man would add significant finishing ability up front.
Higuain has been associated with Madrid for nearly 7 years, having played 187 matches and scored 107 goals for The Whites. However, over the last few seasons, he has not permanently been part of the starting eleven, which is one of the factors of him wanting to leave this summer. His international career has also been stop start, with only 2 appearances for the South American side in 2013.
According to Metro, Wilshere has hailed the experience Higuain brings, having played for Madrid and Argentina alike for a considerable period of years.
Wilshere said, “You look at the type of players like Higuain we’re trying to bring in and you’ve got to be encouraged,”
“I’ve never played against him but anyone who plays for Real Madrid and Argentina has to be quality.”
Talking about Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League in the future, Wilshere was quick to compliment the strategy followed by the Manchester clubs.
Wilshere continued, “I think we need a few more, not to step right into the team but to add to the squad. We need our squad to be as deep as United’s and City’s.”
“They can change their back four completely and still win. There’s no way United would have won the Premier League trophy with 18 players.”
It is great to hear of Wilshere speaking positively and optimistically about Arsenal and their chances in the upcoming season. It is a welcome change from other former/present Gunners saying that Arsenal do not have ambition or the resources to back attempts to win top honours.