Arsenal face tough battle to land Lewandowski

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Jul 6th, 2012

Reports in England this morning suggest that Arsenal will try to land Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewnadowski in an attempt to plug in the hole about to be left by Robin Van Persie, whose refusal to sign a new deal at the Emirates ought to now pave the way for his exit.

Lewandowski was top scorer for Dortmund last season, netting 30 goals in all competitions, 22 in the league, as the club won an unprecedented Bundesliga and German Cup double. He then scored one of Poland’s two goals in an otherwise disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.

He is certainly Arsene Wenger’s type of player, but Arsenal’s pursuit of the striker will face some tough competition – both from his current club and long-term suitors Manchester United, who scouted him at the same time as checking on eventual recruit Shinji Kagawa.

On the eve of Euro 2012, Poland’s national team boss, Franciszek Smuda, let slip that Lewandowski would be going to Old Trafford, which sparked a flurry of questions during the tournament that the player nimbly ducked.

But Dortmund responded by dismissing any notion of their top scorer, who has two years left on his current deal, leaving.

“It doesn’t matter if we are to receive bids,” said chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke. “Robert will be back in training with us after Euro 2012.

“I am tired of this speculation,” he added. “I really don’t care what the rumours are in the Polish media. I have a detailed knowledge of media in Poland and therefore I know how I have to classify those reports.”

The same conviction was applied to rumours linking their manager Jurgen Klopp with moves to Chelsea. So far, Dortmund have been successful in keeping their prize assets.

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