Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted compatriot and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny attempted to lure him to Emirates this summer, and the two Poland internationals had ‘several talks’ over the possibility.
The Gunners need a top class centre forward to compete and provide an alternative option to Olivier Giroud, and Lewandowksi would have fitted the bill perfectly. He’s become one of the most talked about centre forwards in Europe and is set to be a free agent this summer.
Bayern Munich moved fast and secured the Dortmund hitman ahead of his free move to the Bundesliga giants, however it appears Szczesny did his best to pitch the idea of joining the Gunners to his international team mate.
The 25-year-old faced the Gunners twice this season in the Champions League, and Arsenal were known to monitoring his situation.
Lewandowksi told Polish newspaper Fakt:
I can confirm that Wojciech tried to convince me to join Arsenal.
We had several talks about this. It was him who did most of the talking, how the club looks inside, what Arsene Wenger thinks of me.
When we trained before the Champions League games at Colney, there were important people from Arsenal at our sessions as well.
While Arsenal have missed out on the highly rated striker despite Szczesny’s best efforts, his move to Bayern could actually open a door for the Gunners. Mario Mandzukic is known to be on the way out this summer with Lewandowski coming in, and Arsenal should do their best to secure the Croatian centre forward.
Mandzukic has scored 31 goals in 57 appearances for Bayern since his move from Wolfsburg in 2012, playing a vital role in their all conquering campaign last season. Recently Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer hinted the striker could leave as he doesn’t think he suits manager Pep Guardiola’s style, and was also dropped for a match due to poor training habits.
Wenger certainly knows how to polish a rough diamond, so perhaps we can land him in the summer. Wouldn’t that be a signing and a half?