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Gonzalo Higuain attacks Arsenal for passing on him in 2013 before making record signing Mesut Ozil

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‘They mentioned I used to be too costly… and some days later they paid €80m for Ozil!’: Gonzalo Higuain takes goal at Arsenal after they handed on him in 2013 – earlier than breaking their switch document late on deadline day

  • Gonzalo Higuain was amused he was ‘too costly’ for Gunners in 2013
  • Shortly after, they signed German playmaker Mesut Ozil for a document £42.2m
  • The Argentine ahead now performs his soccer for MLS facet Inter Miami 

 Gonzalo Higuain has cheekily hit out at Arsenal for saying he was ‘too costly’ in 2013, shortly earlier than the Gunners broke their membership switch document to signal Mesut Ozil.

The ahead was continuously linked with a transfer to the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger considered amongst his followers, however he ended up at Napoli as a substitute.

9 years later, Higuain, a World Cup runner up in 2014, has revealed to TyC Sports activities in his native Argentina how shut he got here to transferring to London – earlier than Arsenal baulked on the excessive value.

Gonzalo Higuain, who now plays for Inter Miami, came very close to joining Arsenal in 2013

Gonzalo Higuain, who now performs for Inter Miami, got here very near becoming a member of Arsenal in 2013

‘I do not forget that I used to be on the verge of going to Arsenal once I went to Napoli, however they mentioned I used to be too costly,’ Higuain mentioned. ‘And some days later, they paid €80m for Ozil!’

Higuain could have been exaggerating barely, with the BBC on the time reporting the Ozil deal at £42.5m, or round €50m.

Nevertheless, the German playmaker was Arsenal’s most costly buy on the time, excess of their earlier document of £15m paid to amass Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg in 2009.   

German playmaker Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal on deadline day in 2013 for a club record £42.2m

German playmaker Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal on deadline day in 2013 for a membership document £42.2m

So it’s comprehensible why Higuain would query how he was deemed too ‘costly’ for the Gunners once they discovered deep pockets later that summer time.

It’s thought that Higuain may additionally have moved to Arsenal after three years with Napoli, however the Londoners weren’t keen to satisfy the monetary calls for of the Serie A facet. He joined Italian rivals Juventus as a substitute.

Now 34, Higuain presently performs for MLS facet Inter Miami, underneath co-owner David Beckham and head coach Phil Neville, after becoming a member of the Florida outfit in 2020.

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