Arsenal plan shock winter swoop for Uruguay international forward

Praveen R. Paramasivam / 29 January 2016

Arsene Wenger has turned to Championship for their striker hunt, with £10million rated Hull City talisman Abel Hernandez catching the eye of the French manager, according to Goal and reputed Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb.

The Uruguay international has set the Championship abuzz, scoring 15 goals in 23 appearances for the Tigers, but failed to make an impression in the Premier League last season as Steve Bruce led them to relegation only two years after their return to the top-flight. In addition, he has always struggled to find his goalscoring form in the top divisions throughout his playing career, with his career best being seven goals with Palermo six years ago.

The Gunners passed the opportunity to sign former striker Benik Afobe from the same division with the England youth international sealing his Bournemouth switch earlier this month, and they will surely do better than signing a similar and older version of him.

However, with Olivier Giroud being the only out-and-out central striker in the roster, they may feel the need for being on the safe side should the French striker sustain an injury, which could dent their chances of clinching their first title in more than decade. In addition, the makeshift centre-forward Theo Walcott has spent yet another season fighting to be consistent only to win the wrath of the fans.

Arsenal have lately accustomed to playing with a physical player who can hold up upfront, and the 25-year-old Championship striker fits the bill as he stands at 6ft 1in tall. Should he move to Ashburton Grove before Monday’s deadline, he would prove to be an excellent squad player as the Community Shield holders are fighting in three competitions.

Arsenal welcome Championship side Burnley to Emirates Stadium for the fourth round Football Association Cup fixture on Saturday as they look to retain the trophy that they have held for two consecutive seasons now.

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