Former German international, turned pundit, Dietmar Hamann believes Robert Lewandowski could be available this summer and has urged a number of Premier League sides to break the bank in order to sign him from Bayern Munich, according to Sky Sports.
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Arsenal fans were crying out for a new striker last summer, and while he may not have been the player many were hoping to see join the club, Arsene Wenger obliged by bringing Danny Welbeck to the Emirates on deadline day.
A number of people were calling for us to push the boat out during the 2013/14 season, and wanted Wenger to bring in Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.
Unfortunately, despite a somewhat tenuous link through Wojceich Szczesny, the Polish international always looked destined to end up at Bayern.
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Hamann believes the striker has been treated poorly since his free transfer to the Bundesliga champions however, and claims he could be available this summer – for the right price.
“At the moment United, Liverpool and even Arsenal… Lewandowski is tailor-made for them. He came to Bayern Munich on a free last year but if there was an opportunity to get him out I’d break the bank for him because I think he’s the best No.9 in the world,” Hamann said.
“It’s a big question mark. There’s a question mark about the manager. There are still no assurances that he will be there, even though he’s got a contract.
“I think the same goes for Lewandowski because the way the team plays under Guardiola, I don’t think it suits him. He was tailor-made for Dortmund and I think he’s tailor-made for two or three English teams where he can play on the counter attack on big pitches where he can run in behind.
“He needs to be involved in the game. In Bayern Munich he simply doesn’t get enough balls with the way they play. You need a poacher in Bayern Munich, somebody who scores his goals in the box, rather than a Lewandowski who does everything.”
Hamann goes on to say that the 26-year-old may be open to a move away, and that the lack of faith shown in him could be the key factor in his potential exit.
“I can only imagine his head is not in the right place at the moment because if you go to Shakhtar in a knockout game he’s the only recognised striker in the team and you sit on the bench. He played for 65 to 70 minutes on the wing against Hamburg on Saturday,” he continued.
“The manager may think it proved him right because they won 8-0 but I think if you want to be successful against the best team in the knockout stages – when you come up against a Barcelona or a Real Madrid – you need Lewandowski.
“I’m not quite sure how much he will be on side with the manager because I think he’s been treated pretty harshly in recent weeks.”
Olivier Giroud has been on fire this season, and looks to be improving all the time, replacing him therefore certainly doesn’t seem like a priority at the moment.
If we are given the chance to sign Robert Lewandowski however, then we surely should be biting Bayern’s arm off to bring him to the Emirates.
I am one of Giroud’s biggest fans, and despite what a number of fans may think, I believe he has the quality to lead the line for Arsenal.
That’s not to say we can’t improve on him however, and the former Dortmund man is one of the few players who I believe could do that.
Strong, good on the ball, an excellent finisher, he shares many of the qualities our Frenchman can boast. One area in which he excels far and above Giroud however, is his pace.
Lewandowski is extremely quick for a player with all the traits of a target-man, and is arguably one of the most complete forwards in football today.
I feel Giroud has earned the right to be our undisputed first choice striker, but would love to see him challenged by Lewandowski next season as opposed to Welbeck.
He is unlikely to come cheaply, and we would no doubt face heavy competition for his signature. It may just prove worth it however, and he could be the player that propels us back among Europe’s elite.
What do you reckon Gooners? Should we break the bank to bring Robert Lewandowski to the Emirates next season?