Arsenal transfer news this January is likely to revolve around finding a new striker after poor starts to the season from the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.
According to the Daily Mail, that striker could be Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who was supposedly a firm target during the summer, and whose situation at the Allianz Arena remains somewhat uncertain.
The Gunners are badly misfiring so far this term, netting only five times in six Premier League games, while it was up to Mathieu Flamini to provide the team with an unlikely brace from midfield in the Capital One Cup win over Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Lewandowski, meanwhile, matched Arsenal’s total goal tally in the league so far with an incredible solo performance of his own this week, as he came off the bench to score an incredible five goals to help his side beat Wolfsburg.
This is not the first time the Polish international has put in a superb individual display, as he notably scored all four for Borussia Dortmund as they beat Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals back in 2013.
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Lewandowski’s goalscoring record makes him one of the most lethal finishers in world football, and he’d no doubt be an upgrade on players such as Giroud and Walcott, who have just four goals between them this term.
Despite the 27-year-old’s fine record in front of goal, the Mail suggests he remains out of Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans, having been left on the bench against Wolfsburg prior to his introduction in the second half, with players like Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze often preferred in a ‘false-9’ role up front, as opposed to Lewandowksi’s more traditional centre-forward play.
Unless Lewandowski’s performance has convinced Guardiola to change his attacking approach and reshuffle his attack, the talented forward may yet find himself resigned to the Bayern bench moving forward.
Still, the Mail adds that Arsenal tried for the prolific Pole in the summer, and that Bayern’s hierarchy told them he was not for sale, so their view of the player may be at odds with their manager’s.