With Arsenal’s stuttering Premier League title challenge leaving them fretting over a top-four place, significant improvements are desperately needed across all areas of their team.
Yes, Olivier Giroud has done a decent job as the Gunners’ main striker, but other sides have feared forwards who would start for every team in the English division.
Liverpool have the 48-goal pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Manchester City have Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo, while Manchester United have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
David Moyes also has Javier Hernandez, however the poacher rarely gets a chance to show his credentials and a player of his striking talent needs first-team football. The Mexican has won two league trophies at Old Trafford and his raw pace and clever movement means he is well suited to English football.
Interest from other high-profile European leagues has been made public after Hernandez rejected a loan move to Valencia in August. This decision was taken out of determination to fight for a starting spot under Moyes. Unfortunately for 'Little Pea', the 25-year-old has only played four league games from the off in 2013/14.
With an outstanding record of 36 Premier league goals from a striker who has started just 46 occasions in England’s top tier, surely one of United’s rivals will bid for Hernandez after the World Cup?
He only cost his current employers £6m as he was bought before the 2010 tournament in South Africa, where he scored a fabulous goal in the second-round defeat to Argentina.
Arsene Wenger is renowned for being careful with spending, but Hernandez would cost around £15m which could become one of the Arsenal legends’ best ever signings.
Despite wowing fans at the beginning, Mesut Ozil has found his first year in England’s capital pretty tough, especially after Theo Walcott’s knee injury against Tottenham in January. The German’s vision and accurate passing would be ideal for a forward like Hernandez who hovers around the line of opposing defenders.
Arsenal’s attack needs a new dimension which the 25-year-old would give them because of his qualities already listed. With an overall record of just better than one goal every three games, his stats are certain to dramatically improve with regular football.
Hernandez's frustration at being severely underused in Manchester was evident at the weekend when he scored United’s fourth goal against Aston Villa. ‘Little Pea’ stared at the crowd before raising his arms as if to say ‘that’s why I should play’.
He would certainly start more for Arsenal, or even Everton if the Merseyside club leapfrog the North Londoners into fourth position, as Romelu Lukaku is due to return to Chelsea.
Where Hernandez will end up next season remains an unanswered question. It would be a shame for the league if he moves abroad as his scoring capabilities would suit Arsenal and their playmaker Ozil.
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