Chicharito has scored 17 goals in 23 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen Getty

Alexis Sanchez has urged Arsene Wenger to sign Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen in January, claiming that the Mexican will be a perfect partner for the Chilean in the Gunners attack. Arsenal go into the New Year on top of the Premier League table following Leicester City's draw with Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger is keeping an eye on the market for possible deals to add more quality to the team that is currently going through an injury crisis.

Spanish publication Don Balon claims that Alexis has been impressed by the former Manchester United striker's exploits in front of goal and believes that his induction up top for the Gunners will go a long way in ending their decade long wait without a title. Widely known as Chicharito, the Mexican has scored 11 goals in only 14 appearances thus far for the Germans, making him a coveted figure in the transfer market.

The Chilean has scored nine goals in all competitions this season, including a hat-trick against Leicester City and a brace against United in the league. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are the others who have done well playing through the middle for the north London club but Alexis reportedly believes that Hernandez's arrival will bring the best out of him in the long term.

The Gunners are without seven players through injury in the current campaign, with Alexis himself out of contention with a hamstring problem he picked up in November. Hernandez's strike partner at United, Danny Welbeck is also expected to return in January. He has not played in the current campaign after being sidelined with a knee problem last April.

The Gunners have an important few games lined up in the league in January, which can make or break their quest to keep their position at the top. They host Newcastle on 2 January, followed by trips to Liverpool and Stoke City, before ending a busy period by hosting Chelsea at the Emirates. The Gunners have taken only two points from the corresponding fixtures in the previous season and need to pose a massive improvement if they have to keep their title challenge alive.