Arsene Wenger can be forgive for digging up the old adage of the footballing gods being against him.
With Arsenal’s best chance of winning the Premier League again running into a series of injury issues, the latest being Theo Walcott, Wenger, who hate to buy in January, might now have no chance but to do so.
Wenger’s January value argument is right on the money – it’s hard to come by good value buys – but the state of affairs at Manchester United might provide the Frenchman with just the kind of deal he is looking for.
Two players in particular seem ideally suited for a move to the Emirates – Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa.
While the Mexican is the kind of finisher that Wenger lacks in his Arsenal right now, he seems to be way down on Moyes’ pecking list and a go-to guy only when there is no other option.
Kagawa on the other hand came with a big reputation, showed flashes of brilliance under Sir Alex and now has gone completely off the boil under David Moyes.
Over in Germany they are convinced he is a world-class player and with Borrusia Dortmund he had the stats to prove it.
Kagawa would fit perfectly into Arsenal’s tiki-taka system as he the kind of player who seems to thrive in the one-touch environment.
With the empire crumbling at Old Trafford and a World Cup looming players like Hernandez and Kagawa may well want out before the end… and want out now.