Javier Hernandez and Brazilian Trio Reportedly Targeted for Transfer by Arsenal

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on October 23, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger is lining up a shock move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, according to reports.

As noted by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Wenger believes United’s out-of-favour Mexican could be available after failing to hold down a place in David Moyes’ first-team:

Arsenal’s scouting network has kicked into overdrive, with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez emerging as a January target.

Arsenal will try to sign a new striker in January, and a move for Hernandez is viewed as a realistic option by the north London club given the 25-year-old's lack of game time at Old Trafford.

Wenger’s search for a new striker looks set to intensify across the next few weeks, prompted by the fact Olivier Giroud remains the club’s only goalscoring forward.

Although Nicklas Bendtner still loiters within the Arsenal ranks, the Danish flop currently offers very little to the Gunners’ cause.

Giroud has already played 14 games this season, per WhoScored. He has stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes on 11 occasions and has seven goals in all competitions, but there are fears his form will begin to suffer under the extreme workload, especially as a packed Christmas schedule approaches.

Hernandez is an out-and-out goalscorer, someone who is famed for making an impact when coming off the bench. Although he has often failed to impress when starting for the Red Devils, Wenger could benefit from having a lethal finisher on the sidelines, or indeed, to partner Giroud.

It is believed the French boss is also looking at a trio of Brazilian stars to strengthen his squad, per Mokbel's article.

Monaco right-back Fabinho has caught the interest of Arsenal scout Giles Grimandi, while Brazilian starlets Boschilia and Nathan are being monitored by Steve Rowley, the club’s chief scout.

The latter duo have netted 11 goals between them at the FIFA Under-17s World Cup and are expected to gain major attention from Europe as the January transfer window approaches.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool prepares to take a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Ima
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Mokbel suggests Luis Suarez remains Wenger's “dream signing,” while Standard Liege starlet Michy Batshuayi also presents an intriguing prospect.

The Arsenal boss shocked everybody with a shock £40 million-plus-one bid for Suarez during the summer, so it's particularly exciting to see who he targets in the coming weeks.

Hernandez's potential arrival would significantly impact the Gunners and finally give the frustrated forward an opportunity to shine away from dispersed performances at Manchester United.

He possesses the quick burst of pace that is missing from Giroud's game, the guile to outsmart opposition defences with clever movement and an uncanny ability to pop up in the right place at the right time.

While Hernandez's lack of physicality means he can be easily suffocated out of matches, he is proven Premier League quality and has the tools to poach goals the North London club would unlikely receive from Giroud.

Arsenal currently sit atop the Premier League and are in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after beating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion.

A new striker is needed to remain competitive, fresh, and to shed some responsibility from Giroud.