COMMENTARY | Contrary to previous reports, Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski will not be joining Bayern Munich during the transfer window this summer. The Bundesliga champions were thought have all but locked up a deal for the prolific striker; however, it now appears as if Lewandowski will be moving to a different club. It seems that Borussia Dortmund (Lewandowski's current club) have refused to sell him to another Bundesliga team, especially to the current league champions in Bayern Munich.
Borussia Dortmund's chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke told German newspaper, Bild, "Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013. This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisers. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer." Watzke also added, "There were two phone calls in the past four weeks with Bayern. We told Bayern that due to stock exchange rules we need a written offer for Lewandowski. But until today, no offer has come in. If Robert wants to go to Munich he will have another chance next year."
While Watzke did not rule out Lewandowski playing for Dortmund next season, it does not appear likely that he will return to the German club. It is no secret that the top clubs in the Premier League (Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal) have all been/are interested in signing Lewandowski. He is considered by many as a world class striker and would be a welcome addition to any club.
Robert Lewandowski has scored 75 goals in three seasons with Borussia Dortmund. His 24 goals in the 2012-2013 Bundesliga campaign was good enough for second most in the league, and his 10 goals in the Champions League was also second best in the competition.
Arsenal F.C. is in need of a prolific striker and Robert Lewandowski might just be the player they need to help end their trophy drought. While some may say Arsenal do not have the means to pry the Pole from Dortmund, it would be wise for the British club to do everything they can to make sure Lewandowski makes the switch to north London.
Of all of the strikers being linked to Arsenal this summer; Lewandowski, Rooney, Higuaín, Benteke, and Jovetić, Lewandowski may be the best fit for the Gunners. He is still only 24 years old (younger than Rooney and Higuaín), and it is well known that Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger favors younger players over players in their late 20's and into their 30's. Lewandowski also has Champions League experience (which Benteke does not), and he has a far superior goal scoring record to Jovetić's (Lewandowski has scored 22 more league goals over the last three seasons than Jovetić).
While securing Lewandoski may be a difficult proposition, Arsenal brass should do everything they can to move quickly for the Polish international striker. Arsenal's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, has claimed that the Premier League side has plenty of money to spend this summer, and signing Lewandowski would show Gunner fans that they are ready to seriously compete with other big spending clubs in Europe.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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