Javier Hernandez’s situation at Manchester United can only properly be described as a unfortunate circumstance.
The little Mexican owes the entirety of his career successes to the Old Trafford club and, you get the feeling, retains a sense of loyalty that isn’t going to compel him to plead for an unceremonious exit anytime soon.
However the issue remains that whilst Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie reign dominant in their respective roles, Hernandez simply can’t harbour any hopes of establishing himself as the de facto first-choice forward.
From a neutral point of view, and by neutral I mean any opinion that isn’t grounded at the heart of a Manchester United fan, the 25-year-old isn’t going to get a better time to rebuild himself elsewhere.
The all-conquering Red Devils of the past, wherein a young Hernandez could be content with bagging himself a healthy amount of goals each year with the ultimate promise of trophies and riches, have been well and truly ushered out if the results thus far can evidence anything.
What’s more, Hernandez is now likely to put up with increased competition for places given that David Moyes is under looming pressure to make more than one high-profile signing.
Last of all we get to the focal point of this particular debate; the registered interest of Arsenal.
The Gunners' need for an established and free-scoring forward is of paramount concern for Arsene Wenger and the strain beginning to show on Olivier Giroud, coupled with the injury to the seemingly reinvigorated Nicklas Bendtner, are likely to force his hand whether he likes it or not.
For me there is no better solution to the predicament found at the Emirates than Hernandez.
Boasting a healthy resume of experience, and a tidy goals to minutes played ratio to boot, the £15million United star is everything Wenger could want- plus he comes with the added bonus of Arsenal being able to inflict a morale-crippling blow on the Premier League champions whilst strengthening themselves no end.
Though it’s the Diego Costas and the Karim Benzemas of European football that have been churned consistently in the mixing pot that is the media’s transfer gossip, it’s someone far closer to home who, in my mind at least, should be Wenger’s No.1 priority purchase.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that the chances of such a deal going through- and Moyes virtually handing Arsenal United’s English crown in the process- will no doubt be diminished with every loss the Manchester outfit suffer.
However if Wenger can move quickly then there may be some hope, admittedly fairly small, that Hernandez’s longing for regular minutes and David Moyes natural tendency to be reasonable when it comes to player requests could combine to see a move pushed through.
Indeed, if there remains the slightest possibility of a move happening then Wenger must use all of his heady experience to ensure that he can finalise it.
Arsenal's form would suggest they are champions elect, and if they are then any business they conduct this month must not only reflect their current status but also leave them in a position where the continuation of their title tilt is not only a hope, but an expectancy.