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How Good Is: Arsenal Target Gonzalo Higuain

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2013 by Araz Heydariyehzadeh

Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain is well known in Spain and Argentina, even though he has often played second fiddle to who ever the main man has been at Real Madrid for the last few years. At 25 we believe he is one of the finest strikers in the world today.

Higuain: World Top 20 Attacker
Despite having completed 90 minutes in just 89 of his 312 career games, Higuain has maintained an astonishing strike rate throughout his career.

His high volume of substitute appearances have been down to the fact that he has been regarded as second choice both at club and international level, but rather than this being a clue to his quality, it is perhaps more of a reflection of how under rated he still might be and hint at what potential he could still reach if he were to become the main man at his next club.

World Cup
His only appearance at a World Cup finals was in 2010, where he scored 4 goals in 4 appearances for Argentina, even though he was substituted on 2 of those games, he was prolific when given the chance.

His World cup qualifying record is hugely impressive. 13 appearances have produced 10 goals and 2 assists. This produces a record of a goal contributed for every 83 minutes of game time.

Champions League
Currently being a Real Madrid player means he of course has Champions League pedigree. 48 Champions League appearances have brought a total of 9 goals and 6 assists, which is well below his normal goal contribution tally, but it's worth noting that he completed 90 minutes in just 10 of those appearances.

His league record is astonishing. 190 appearances in Spain have brought him 107 goals and 45 assists, a goal contributed for every 78 minutes of game time, which makes his league record one of the best of any striker in the world. The record is made even more impressive by the fact that he's had to get in to games quickly when playing as a substitute. With 25% of his goals being scored with his left foot, he can count himself as a two footed player who also scores a fair few headers.

Our Rating
We believe Higuain's world class goal scoring record, high volume of assists and ability to to score regularly with both feet makes him one of the top strikers anywhere in the world and at 25 he still has room to grow. For these reasons he is comfortably one of the top 20 strikers in the world and surely a bargain at around £25m which is why Arsenal and possibly Chelsea too are still chasing him.

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