Javier Hernandez would thrive at Arsenal. Or rather, Arsenal would thrive from having Hernandez.
Before I am told that I know nothing, or that it will never happen, I’d like to say just that. It will never happen.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is a player Manchester United fans love, and who loves the club. He’s been wonderful in his role as a super sub – comparisons to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer abound. But he is the kind of player that is missing from Arsenal’s squad right now.
Olivier Giroud has been amazing this term, and (despite many of the critics) had a wonderful first term in English football, but as has been said before, Arsenal lack depth in the forward position.
In midfield they’re covered and it would be two or three injuries to the back-line that would really cause a stir back there, with club captain Thomas Vermaelen behind in form duo, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Kolscielny, in the centre and Mathieu Flamini able to deputise across the back-four as well.
We’ve seen in English football that when you’re not pushed in your position you become complacent (yes, this is the obligatory, yet subtle, swipe at Joe Hart). Giroud has led the line in every game this season (bar the Capital One Cup draw away to West Bromwich Albion) and Arsenal should really look for back-up in January.
But I’m not sure that Arsenal, really, should be looking for a carbon copy of Giroud, or even a Robin van Persie type character. I think that they should be looking for a player in the same mould as the Little Pea.
When Chicharito was scoring every time he came off the bench it was because of brilliant interplay between United's frontmen. Chicharito was the best at running the line, a burst of pace to get on the end of something, and beat the offside trap that is so readily employed by top teams throughout the premier league nowadays.
That interplay seems to have disappeared, United look like they would be completely lost without a Rooney and seem to be floundering without Van Persie’s goals from last season. When Herenandez does get on the pitch his impact is minimal, and it’s not his fault, it’s that the style of play, that he used to thrive on, has disappeared.
And now back to Arsenal. It’s not hard to see that Arsenal are now playing the kind of football that I was just talking about, creating chances, constantly, with Giroud turning provider as well as goalscorer, helping in the build up play.
The league-leaders newest, and most expensive signing, Mesut Ozil, is the kind of player all strikers would love to play with. The accolades he received from the players in Spain speak for themselves, and I think that a player who has the same attributes as Hernandez would be able to fully benefit from his skilful touch, and ability to read the game.
As I said at the beginning of the article, I know it will not happen. But Arsenal should be looking for a player, more in the mould of Chicharito than RVP when and if they dip into the transfer market in January.
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