Bringing Nani to Arsenal during the January transfer window would fill a huge need for the Gunners, but the club will need a little help from one of its rivals if it hopes to do so.
John Cross of Mirror.co.uk reported on the potential move for the Gunners:
Arsene Wenger wants Sir Alex Ferguson to return his Robin van Persie "favour" - by agreeing to sell him Nani in the January window.
Arsenal boss Wenger has targeted Manchester United's out-of-favour winger as he looks to strengthen his squad next month.
It might seem crazy that Arsenal has to depend on Manchester United to land a particular player, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility. After all, as mentioned by Cross, the Gunners did allow van Persie to go to their rivals, so clearly Arsene Wenger feels Sir Alex Ferguson owes him one.
Per the same report from Cross, Nani is expected to move on from Manchester United after failing to reach a contract agreement.
With the potential departures of Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin, as well as Gervinho leaving to play in the African Cup of Nations, the Gunners are in desperate need of wide players, and that search will no doubt be ongoing even after January.
Nani would be the first step in fixing Arsenal's ever-growing problem.
At his best, Nani is one of the most skilled offensive players in the world. His attack skills are best described as relentless, and opposing defenses must pay extra attention when Nani is on the field.
With his incredible speed, Nani can burn past even the most talented opponents and can finish by putting the ball in the back of the net. Also, Nani commands help from multiple defenders and can make them pay with a crisp pass that sets up a teammate for a scoring opportunity.
Nani's explosive abilities don't come from just speed and skill, though. Nani is also a creative ball-handler who can make something out of nothing, and his superior trickery makes him even tougher to stop.
Arsenal may be looking at other options to fill the void, but few—if any—give the Gunners the type of experience that Nani brings.
Also, his immense experience doesn't take away from the fact that Nani is still just 26 years old, so Arsenal could have themselves a long-term solution should they pry him away from Manchester United.
In fact, Nani's best days could still be ahead of him with a necessary change of scenery.
The Gunners will have some major needs to be filled this January, and Nani should be one of their top priorities once the time comes. There's no doubt that he will be the quickest fix to help Arsenal improve the rest of the way.