Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is reportedly a target for title rivals Arsenal, who are in the market for a front man to ease the workload on the shoulders on Olivier Giroud.
Arsene Wenger is worried Giroud’s level of performance will drop if continuing to play twice a week and has made signing a goal-getter a priority in January.
‘Chicharito’ is severely underrated and has an impressive strike-rate for an impact player.
Used sparingly from the start of matches, Hernandez has gone beyond the call of duty to rack up a tally of 34 goals in 83 games for the Red Devils.
The lightning-fast Mexican hit 20 goals in his debut season and scored only two less in 2012/13 in just 36 appearances, and when you consider 14 of those 36 outings came as a substitute, his ratio is nearing an impressive goal every other game when handed a starting berth.
Hernandez is only Manchester United’s fourth-choice striker and is reportedly looking for a move.
The 25-year-old electric finisher has made just five starts while new boss David Moyes has been in the dugout, and Hernandez is reportedly not in the manager’s long-term plans, leaving the door open for Arsenal to make a bid.
With Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and the currently injured but rapidly improving Danny Welbeck all ahead of the diminutive poacher, he’ll find minutes even harder to come by.
Arsenal’s form will nosedive if pivotal Giroud gets injured.
Making a move for the Mexican, who nearly moved to Valencia in the summer, would be a shrewd play by Wenger as his forward line is an area that needs significantly strengthening if his side are to continue their relentless Premier League title push.
The Gunners current back-up is the richly unreliable Nicklas Bendtner, who has a habit of becoming absolutely useless when pulling on the famous red and white kit.