Higuain could do for Arsenal and Walcott what he does best for Ronaldo

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Gonzalo Higuain may have a slight reputation for being on the wasteful side in front of goal, there is no doubting that he would be a major signing for Arsenal this summer.

Despite starting fewer La Liga games than fellow forward Karim Benzema, Higuain has out-scored the Frenchman this season and has surpassed the 20-goal league barrier on three occasions at Real Madrid, which shows he knows where the goal is when given enough starts.

The problem is that regular starts are not guaranteed and there is the belief that Real want to ship at least one of their strikers this summer to provide funds and some squad space to make a substantial bid for Brazilian superstar Neymar.

It was widely assumed that Higuain would head to Juventus, but with the Serie A champions already bringing in Spain’s Fernando Llorente and targeting Jackson Martinez of Porto, such a deal may not materialise.

Instead, it is Arsenal that have emerged as forerunners to land the Argentine, with some speculation suggesting that a five-year deal has already been agreed, alongside a transfer sum just shy of £20m.

Although Higuain would undoubtedly bring goals to the Emirates, his off-the-ball work could also be a major factor in the continued development of Theo Walcott.

Walcott has reached his target of 20 goals this season, but will be looking to press on again to higher levels in the forthcoming campaign and Higuain has proved an able foil to Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

Higuain does possess clever movement in terms of dragging central defenders out of position and this is the sort of space that could be exploited to the maximum by Walcott’s runs from the right side, as it has for Ronaldo from the opposite flank.

If Arsenal do sign Higuain, 16/1 could be an enticing price that they win the Premier League next season.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.