Ardiles: Higuain can be Arsenal's new Van Persie

The former Tottenham player and manager believes the striker could have as big an impact as the Dutchman had in his final few seasons at Emirates Stadium

Former Argentina international and Tottenham manager Osvaldo Ardiles believes that Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain could emulate Robin van Persie at Arsenal.

Speaking to Goal, Ardiles was keen to emphasise the similarities between Higuain and former Arsenal star Van Persie, whose departure left the Gunners lacking in firepower last season.

“Van Persie is a super player, one of my favourites and one of the best in the Premier League last season, along with Gareth Bale,” Ardiles said.

But the 1978 World Cup winner suggested that, given time, Higuain could be as good, if not better, than the iconic Dutchman.

“As good as Van Persie? Of course he can, that’s how good Higuain is. You remember when Van Persie arrived he was not exactly, immediately, the best player, it took a bit of time. But he was younger – Higuain is much more experienced.”

And Ardiles believes Arsene Wenger can be sure of a fantastic return on his investment should the French-born Argentina international make the switch to north London.

“He’s a top, top player. He will always score goals. He likes to be in the box all the time and he works hard for his team – wherever he goes he’s going to be great for the team he’s joining,” he continued.

Referencing his former club, Ardiles remarked: “I’d love to welcome him to White Hart Lane to be perfectly fair!”

Ardiles was speaking at the launch of the Fans All Star Global Vote 2013, offering football supporters the opportunity to pick their ultimate European and Rest of the World XI’s.

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