Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Arsene Wenger Considering January Bid for Hernanes

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2011

ROME, ITALY - MAY 14:  Anderson Hernanes of SS Lazio in action during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico on May 14, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Clubcall.com reports Arsene Wenger could make a move for Lazio's Brazilian playmaker Hernanes in the January transfer window.

Given Jack Wilshere's ongoing injury problems and the questionable durability of new signings Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun, Wenger could consider it prudent to bolster his midfield ranks in the new year.

Hernanes is a rising star in Serie A.  His skillful footwork and clever distribution helped Lazio achieve a top six position last season.

The South American schemer utilises nifty footwork and a powerful shot to provide a legitimate goalscoring threat from midfield areas.

Hernanes certainly possesses the technique and craft to be a big asset to the Gunners' intricate passing style.

A natural attacking midfielder, Hernanes has great instincts in and around the box and would increase the potency of Arsenal's attack.

Many have viewed the acquisitions of Arteta and Benayoun as short-term, stop-gap solutions to Arsenal's problems in replacing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Whether or not that is Wenger's strategy remains to be seen.  Either way, however, signing the classy 25-year-old Hernanes would give Arsenal a more natural, long-term successor in the chief playmaking role.

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ROME, ITALY - APRIL 10:  Hernanes (C) of SS Lazio scores the opening goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Parma FC at Stadio Olimpico on April 10, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Securing Hernanes could also help offset the difficulties faced by young starlets Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.

Wilshere's injury prognosis remains worryingly ambiguous and Ramsey has struggled to cope with extra responsibility so far this season.

Adding Hernanes would ease the burden on Wilshere and Ramsey and not leave Arsenal so heavily reliant on both youngsters recovering their best form at a frantic pace.

A stumbling block in any potential move for Hernanes would be his fee.  Lazio are thought to want a sum in the region of £20 million for their star Brazilian.

Given Arsenal's rumoured willingness to pursue expensive deals for Yann M'Vila and Mario Gotze this summer, a big bid for Hernanes could be a possibility.

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