Arsenal readying move for United star Hernandez

Despite the impressive form of Oliver Giroud Arsenal are still being linked with a number of high profile strikers.

The Frenchman has scored five goals in 8 games so far this season, four in the Premier League to currently sit join top in the race for the Premier League golden boot.

However despite his impressive form, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to provide competition upfront especially with Giroud the only fully fit forward at the Emirates at present.

With Lukas Podolski currently out injured and Theo Walcott reverting to a role on the wing Arsenal are keen to add to their striking options.

Summers moves for Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez both failed and neither will be on Wenger’s hit list come the winter transfer window.

Instead the French manager is reportedly lining up a move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

According to the Mexican striker has emerged as a surprise option for Wenger with the club believed to be lining up a move for the 25 year old.

The Gunners have reportedly received encouragement from the player’s representatives although following their very public pursuit of Suarez the club will be wary of relying on the agents alone.

The former Guadalajara attacker moved to Old Trafford in 2010 and has scored 50 goals in just 71 starts. Last season he struggled for game time under Sir Alex Ferguson and that trend appears to have continued under new boss David Moyes.

Hernandez has managed just 30 minute of Premier League actionso far this season and is fourth choice striker at the club with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all ahead of him in the club’s pecking order.

Wenger is ready to offer as much as £17m for the striker nicknamed “little Pea” and that amount could well fit in with United’s valuation of the player, especially as Moyes has yet to be convinced of the strikers worth to the first team.

The 53 times capped International is also a reported target for Spurs and the North London club would have little difficulty matching any fee offered by their rivals, especially to land a player who has proven Premier League ability and is regarded as one of the game’s most instinctive finishers.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.