Wenger: Signing Ozil made up for missing out on Higuain

Arsenal spent the early part of the summer trying to sign the Argentine striker before his move to Napoli but the Gunners manager is more than happy with his star purchase
Arsenal manager 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 Higuain, 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 sanctioned the club-record signing of Ozil.

The former Real Madrid team-mates face-off on Wednesday in Italy, looking to secure Champions League qualification - potentially at the expense of the other - but, whatever the outcome, Wenger is adamant that he has no regrets over missing out on Higuain.

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"Am I happy with the player I got in Ozil? Very much," he told reporters of the German, who scored his first Gunners goal in the 2-0 win over Napoli at the Emirates Stadium on matchday two.

"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. 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.

"[The atmosphere] is part of the big games; we know how to deal with that. You have that everywhere. We played everywhere in Europe, we are used to this kind of atmosphere - when you go from Fenerbahce to Dortmund, you are used to this kind of atmosphere."