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Javier Hernandez: Arsenal's missing link?

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Who needs £300,000 a week Wayne Rooney when you've got a perfectly good, world-class striker on the bench?

Since Javier Hernandez - affectionately known as 'Little Pea' - burst onto the scene as a promiscuous 22-year old for Mexico, we've all known what he's capable of.

It was on his competitive debut for Manchester United, where he was instrumental in his side's 3-1 Community Shield win over Chelsea, that he netted his first club goal. Off the bench.

This was beginning to become a trend as early as 2011, with Sir Alex Ferguson seemingly delighted at having signed 'the new Solskjaer', a deadly weapon off the bench.

With Manchester United in transition and Ferguson no longer calling the shots 'Chicharito' has sadly not undergone a renaissance in the starting lineup. He hasn't started a game since December.

Even his national team coach has admitted he's frustrated at club level, and the only logical place to go would be to the team he could benefit most.

Arsenal need a hitman, and with news that Hernandez is unsettled at Old Trafford and could be allowed to leave, it should put Arsene Wenger on red alert.

He's young enough, he's versatile enough to work in tandem with Olivier Giroud and is more potent than a C4 explosive.

Scoring his very first international goal against France at the 2010 World Cup and then being hastily signed by Manchester United should have been the tip of the iceberg for the pint-sized poacher.

But unless a side like Arsenal swoop in to rescue him, he could be stuck in the wilderness forever.

And at a likely £10-12 million price tag, it's pocket money for a club with £125 million in readies, and no fixed direction of how to spend it.

The beleaguered Wenger will have made arguably his shrewdest transaction since bringing Mathieu Flamini back into the fold, and would surely reap the rewards of the Mexican's unlimited upside.

The man can literally score with any part of his anatomy. A born finisher, a poacher, a workhorse. Three things the Gunners seemingly lack in any great depth.

All that and more, Hernandez should not be allowed to languish on the United bench any longer.

He's about to blossom into his footballing summer years, but runs the risk of being shut indoors and wilting.

Arsene, act now, and don't let the most realistic world class transfer target available escape you.


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