Lewandowski on Wenger’s shortlist, as Arsenal seek new striker in January.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger aims to sign new striker in January transfer window
Arsène Wenger has asked his network of scouts to search for another new striker ahead of the January transfer window as Arsenal continue the process of replacing Robin van Persie.
Although encouraged at how the goals have been spread more evenly around the team this season, Wenger would ideally still like further back-up to Olivier Giroud as the main centre-forward in his 4-2-3-1 system.
Wenger has specifically told his scouts to be on the look-out for potential new attacking options over the coming months, with Fernando Llorente, Adrián López, Robert Lewandowski and Stevan Jovetic among those being monitored.
Bad news for Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman may have got his first Premier League goal for Arsenal as part of a mightily impressive overall performance against West Ham last weekend, but there is growing evidence that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is seeking a new centre-forward.
Wenger decided against replacing Robin Van Persie in the final days of the summer transfer window, keeping faith in Giroud, but it now looks likely that ‘Le Prof’ will move for one or other of several possible targets in January.
One such target is Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. The 23-year-old Pole has established himself as one of the finest strikers in Europe in the past two seasons and has admirers at both Man United and Juventus.
But United currently have more strikers than they know what to do with, while Juve are likely to move for Spaniard Fernando Llorente, who will be considerably cheaper than Poland international Lewandowski.
If Arsenal could land the Dortmund striker ahead of United, it would represent a significant coup, particularly because Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea have all also been keeping an eye on the forward.
Lewandowski combines enough physical and ariel presence and silky touch to be a real success at the Emirates, while his goal-scoring record in the strong Bundesliga speaks for itself.
Dortmund are resigned to losing Lewandowski before long but will demand at least £22m for the striker, which could prove a stumbling block given Wenger’s notorious thriftiness.
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