Goal against Arsenal 'emotional moment', says striker Gunners tried to sign in 2013

Abel Hernandez

Abel Hernandez has been speaking about his recent form including a goal against Arsenal.

Arsenal struggled to a 2-2 draw with Hull City at the weekend, despite taking the lead through an excellent Alexis Sanchez strike. In the end they were thankful for the goal of Danny Welbeck in the 90th minute - which itself came after more excellent work from the Chilean playmaker.

They were pegged back by Mo Diame and Abel Hernandez - the latter being a player Arsenal almost signed in 2013.

With The Gunners needing a striker options were running out for Wenger on Transfer Deadline Day. With a move for Demba Ba struggling to be pushed through Arsenal turned to Palermo for a loan deal for the striker - after earlier securing a deal for their goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

Hernandez had missed most of the 2012-13 season with a serious knee injury and Palermo had just been relegated to Serie B. However, he was once valued at over £15 million by the club so no loan deal was considered and Arsenal swiftly gave up the ghost.

Hernandez went on to score 14 goals in 30 games for the Italian side last season and earn a £10 million move to Hull this summer.

He has certainly impressed since his move - his goal against Arsenal his third in five games for his new club.

He has now been speaking to the official Hull City website about scoring against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium:

“Hull City is a very good club and I am proud to be a part of it. It is a very happy group and we have a very good manager and coaching staff. We’ve had some good results so far, but we know it could have been better.

“To score early in my career here was very important for me in terms of settling in and I hope to score more to help the team.

“Scoring against Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend was quite an emotional moment because it isn’t easy for teams to get goals at grounds like that, but my two goals in front of our own fans at the KC Stadium were very special to me."

If he continues in his current form Arsenal fans may be left ruing the fact they failed to tie up a deal 13 months ago.

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