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What happened to Arsenal deadline day target Abel Hernandez?

Arsenal were linked with signing Abel Hernandez on deadline day.

24 hours before the transfer deadline closed, reports ramped up that Arsenal were pursuing Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez.

The interest was admittedly a footnote in light of the scale of the Mesut Ozil pursuit, and it later transpired that the Gunners had focused their striker pursuit on the loan of Demba Ba.

Emiliano Viviano was signed from Hernandez' club Palermo on loan, but there was no such generosity on the Italian club's behalf when it came to their striker.

Outspoken owner Mauro Zamperini once valued Hernandez at above £15 million, and with the club relegated to Serie B, there was no way he was going to loan out a player who could be vital in their promotion efforts.

Hernandez himself had other ideas, targeting a permanent move, if not to Arsenal then to Serie A club Genoa.

But that fell through too, and just like an earlier transfer window link to Sunderland also failed to materialise, Hernandez finds himself stranded in Serie B.

But it isn't all bad news. After missing almost the entire season with a cruciate knee ligament injury in 2012/13, playing and scoring regularly might just be better for the 23-year-old international than sitting warming the bench for Arsenal and waiting for an opportunity.

He is also in esteemed company, his boss at Palermo is Gennaro Gattuso who is making a foray into management for the first time, aiming to get the club promoted to Italy's top flight.

And he is currently in fine form. While the top European leagues broke for the international break, Serie B continued and Hernandez had not been called into the Uruguayan squad.

Which was certainly to Palermo's fortune, as he struck two goals and provided one assist in a 3-0 win over Padua, in a performance which has been hailed by the Italian press as a 'super-show.'

His early tally is now three goals in two games, and he will be determined to keep his form up. If he can carry it on, a there may well be several clubs willing to make an offer for his services in January.

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