Rio Ferdinand names ex-United striker who'd score 20 goals for Arsenal

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Arsenal are flying high right now in the Premier League and, thanks to a moment of magic from Mesut Ozil, they have qualified from the Champions League group stage for 17 consecutive seasons.

To add to that, they've seen Olivier Giroud  return to the fold with a bang in recent fixtures, scoring three goals in one-and-a-half games. However, Gunners fans know from past experience that the French striker cannot necessarily be relied upon to lead the club to a title.

With that in mind, Gooners will have taken interest in comments made by Rio Ferdinand on Wednesday night where he named a striker who would be "guaranteed" to score 20 goals a season in north London.

Goal machine

Speaking on BT Sport last night during coverage of the Tottenham versus Bayer Leverkusen Champions League encounter, the former Manchester United captain waxed lyrical about one of his former teammates at Old Trafford, Javier Hernandez.

"I can’t believe he was allowed to leave," Ferdinand said. "Even more surprising, he was sold for £7.3 million, that’s an absolute steal."

And, according to the former centre-back, the current Leverkusen striker would provide an instant goalscoring boost if he were to find himself in north London.

"If he played for Spurs he’d score 20 a season, or Arsenal. His movement is so infectious to the team, he’s always on the move."

Hernandez proved during his time in England with United that he is capable of putting up 20 goal seasons. He scored 18 and 20 goals in two of his four full seasons at Old Trafford and also bagged 26 goals in his first season in the Bundesliga last year for good measure.

Indeed, plenty of United fans would probably be more than happy to have the 28-year-old still in their squad considering the current struggles of the Red Devils front line.

As for the Gunners, Hernandez does appear to be the kind of player who would thrive in an Arsene Wenger side. 

His poaching ability would appear to make him the perfect forward to latch onto the kind of balls Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez provide on a weekly basis.

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However, whilst Ferdinand believes Hernandez got a raw deal despite his record in Manchester, the same could be said of Giroud at Arsenal.

While Hernandez may be capable of getting 20 goals for the Gunners, the Frenchman has shown he can do just that regardless of the criticism he continues to get.

In his four full seasons at the Emirates, Giroud has at least 17 goals in all of them. Although, perhaps crucially, he is yet to score more than 16 Premier League goals in a single campaign.

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