Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has stated his intentions to remain in Borussia Dortmund for the foreseeable future and the news comes as a blow to many Arsenal fans who were anticipating a big-name signing to maintain their title charge.
But not all is lost, and an ex-Premier League player currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga may hold the key to the Gunners' victory.
Javier Hernandez is a player that - the majority of Manchester United fans would agree - Louis van Gaal let go for nothing. If the reported £7.2 million fee is to be taken as fact then Bayer Leverkusen performed the coup of the decade in securing this talent.
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If they slapped double the price they paid on the Mexican, then Arsenal would also be performing a similar coup in signing him. A track record goal-scorer and two-time Premier League winner; there’s no denying he’s top calibre.
Chicharito wins plaudits for his movement, pace, and clinical finishing - rarely missing and poaching many a vital goal. With 11 in 14 for Leverkusen, seven in 23 for Real Madrid, and 42 in 77 for Mexico, his ability to get among the goals is enviable.
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Scoring 37 for the Red Devils may not seem impressive, but bear in mind how many goals he scored coming off the bench and having to play second-fiddle to Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, and Dimitar Berbatov during his stay in Manchester.
At 27, ‘Little Pea’ has, at least, five years of football in his goal-scoring legs and it isn’t just goals that he brings.
With his ability to run in behind the back four, at pace, it is likely Arsenal fans would see him whipping balls across the six-yard box for any would-be poacher to tap home. Running in behind, with Mesut Ozil to provide the ammunition, is a guaranteed weapon locked, loaded, and ready to fire Arsenal to their first Premier League title in 12 years.
A big-game player, with seven goals against Chelsea and the only goal in a 1-0 aggregate victory over Atletico that secured Real Madrid’s semi-final place in the 2014-15 Champions League.
He is sure to step up to the mark and can contribute to some vital goals between now and the season's climax - adding more depth to an already injury-ravaged squad and a potential rest for current golden boots, Olivier Giroud.
Even if Leverkusen sought triple the price they paid, £21 million would be half of the reported asking price for Aubameyang and still a bargain for a quality striker.
There is no denying Arsenal need a second natural striker. With Danny Welbeck’s return unlikely to be on the horizon and Manchester City and Leicester hot on his heels, it is imperative Wenger adds to his firepower.
Giroud is scoring and playing arguably the season of his career but one injury, or a dry patch, and the Gunners could soon find themselves struggling to score.
Hernandez is the ideal candidate to deputise and brings something different with his pace and knack for scoring off the bench – plus there will finally be an appropriate owner for that number nine shirt.
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