Wenger Might Gamble on Chicharito After Newcastle
Arsenal fans should exhale, and stopping holding their breath each morning as they open the apps on their personal devices to discover the most recent Dial Square transfer rumor to flutter around, haplessly stuck, in the world wide web of sensationalism.
Arsene Wenger won't be making any moves in the market until after the Newcastle game on Saturday, as fans should expect the Professor to give his impotent attackers, and midfield, one more chance to impress before thinking about signing any new players.
Sounds all too familiar, players linked with the Club all summer long, chatter of money in the bank available to the manager to pursue said players, but nothing doing until the last day of the season.
The pattern mirrors the last two summers, save for the early signing of Alexis Sanchez last year, when Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, and then Danny Welbeck arrived just before the clock struck midnight on August 31st.
And once again, a sense of Deja Vu is ghosting through the stands at the Emirates, a once unheard of proposition not worth consideration is emerging, as the vague outline of a Red Devil appearing through the mist and joining up with Dial Square becomes interesting to buyer and seller.
On Wednesday night, Louis Van Gaal and Ryan Giggs exchanged the now viral 'should we sell him' look regarding Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and his missed penalty for Manchester United in their Champions League qualifier demolition of Club Brugge.
If Van Gaal decides that Chicharito is expendable, it doesn't seem entirely implausible that the player might suit the needs of Wenger and Arsenal. The Mexican international is a proven poacher with a strong conversion rate in the box, and his movement and runs off the ball might just be a good match for the visionaries roaming Arsenal's midfield.
And if the recent willingness of the two managers to do business is any indicator of future dealings, then perhaps a deal could be agreed upon. United get a player off their books and Arsenal add another attacking option to their bench.
The question, as always, is does Hernandez want to continue to play second fiddle to a leading man, or men. He certainly wouldn't come to Arsenal as the world-class striker fans have been clamoring for, and he would not supplant Olivier Giroud (or Theo Walcott by all estimations) barring some exquisite run of form that sees he become the next Hugo Sanchez.
The facts, however, remain.
Arsenal look to have little options to rely on if Giroud and Walcott aren't firing, as there aren't an abundance of game changers in the team that are waiting to come off the bench and turn things around in the last twenty minutes of a game.
Come Monday, August 31st, Chicharito might well be the low-risk, high-reward, bargain-bin signing that Wenger makes to bolster his thus far lackluster attack..