Former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain says he left the club in order to win at Juventus, but could have joined Arsenal. Pipita made the controversial move in 2016, making the switch to Turin in the face of extreme hostility from Napoli supporters.
Speaking to TYC Sports, Higuain recounted the move to Juventus and the challenges he faced in those early months:
Juventus were demanding over my weight. They took a photograph of me every year, but I just laughed, as I knew how it was going to end: with 30 goals. At times I still held my stomach in for the photos, though.
Napoli? I left because I thought what else do I have to do in order to win something after scoring 36 goals? So when Juventus came along and asked after me, there was no room for doubt.
Napoli fans were very angry, but what goes around comes around, so for all the insults and hate they aimed at me, I scored six goals against them in eight games.
I remember that I was on the verge of going to Arsenal when I went to Napoli, but they said I was too expensive. And a few days later, they paid €80m for Ozil!”