Wenger: Signing Ozil made up for missing out on Higuain

The Gunners spent the early part of the summer trying to sign the Argentine striker before his move to Napoli but the French coach is satisfied with how things worked out

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that the signing of Mesut Ozil has more than made up for the disappointment of missing out on Gonzalo Higuain.

The Frenchman spent the early part of the summer attempting to secure the services of ‘El Pipita’, who has scored 10 goals in 18 appearances for new club Napoli, but, after failing to meet Real Madrid’s valuation of the Argentina international, eventually lured Ozil away from the Santiago Bernabeu instead.

The former Blancos team-mates will face-off on Wednesday in Italy, with both sides looking to progress to the last 16 at the expense of the other but, whatever the outcome, Wenger is adamant that he has no regrets over missing out on Higuain.

“Am I happy with the player I got in Ozil? Very much,” he told reporters. “There were a lot of statements that were not true about Higuain.

“He has joined [Rafa] Benitez. He is in good hands and shows he is a great striker [but] we have Olivier Giroud who shows as well that he is a great striker.”

Despite recording four victories from their five games, Arsenal still have work to do in order to ensure qualification.

However, the Premier League leaders need only to avoid defeat by a three-goal margin to progress and a point would ensure top spot in a group that also includes last year’s runners-up, Borussia Dortmund.

Wenger added: “Our priorities are simple: First, qualify, if possible top [of the group]. For me, the first priority is to qualify. If we finish top, it is even better.”

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