Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal: Gunners Reportedly Will Sign Real Madrid Striker

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2013

Arsenal have agreed to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain to a £150,000-a-week deal after agreeing on a £22 million transfer fee with Real Madrid, reports David Kent of the Daily Mail.

Higuain spent the past six-and-a-half seasons with Real Madrid. He's coming off a campaign in which he was forced to battle Karim Benzema for playing time but still managed to score 17 goals in 37 appearances in La Liga and Champions League play.

The 25-year-old Argentine international, who's had plenty of success for the national team to go along with his club accomplishments, started his career with River Plate. His natural finishing ability quickly garnered interest from top clubs like Real.

It took him a couple seasons to find his footing with the La Liga powerhouse. Once he did, he quickly became one of the league's most efficient strikers.

His departure from the Santiago Bernabeu isn't due to a lack of talent or production. Rather, there just wasn't enough playing time available to justify keeping both Higuain and Benzema when they could use the extra funds to fill other holes.

The move should allow Higuain to play a more prominent role moving forward. Given his success as one of the secondary options for Real Madrid behind Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, he should excel as a focal point of the attack with Arsenal.

Even though Higuain has made a name for himself by scoring goals for club and country, he's actually a well-rounded player. He's displayed strong playmaking skills thanks to great vision and pinpoint passing, which he needed in order to shine alongside Ronaldo.

That limits the amount of risk associated with the transfer, as Higuain is able to make a significant impact even when he's not scoring goals. Only select strikers can stake that claim.

Unlike after his move from River Plate to Real Madrid, Higuain is ready to make his presence felt immediately. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him put together his best season to date with the opportunity to play a key role for the entire campaign for the Gunners.

At 25, he should just be starting to enter his peak seasons, which was another reason the transfer made sense for both sides, especially Arsenal. He can showcase his talents, and the club can look forward to top-tier production for the duration of the deal.

Expect big things from Higuain moving forward.