As rumours continue about the future of the Polish striker, Vincent Ralph suggests a switch to the Emirates would be ideal for all parties.
Tomorrow evening, Arsenal will come face-to-face with arguably their toughest challenge of the season so far.
While they have seen off practically all before them both domestically and abroad, this week they play one of the most impressive teams in Europe in the form of Borussia Dortmund; a side with a veritable smorgasbord of wish-list signings.
While manager Jurgen Klopp will hope to keep the majority of those players out of the clutches of rivals both domestic and further afield, one is all but lost – Robert Lewandowski.
But while his summer move to Bayern Munich once seemed a shoo-in, doubts are now surfacing, with rumours that the German champions’ coach Pep Guardiola is not sold on the idea, and the Polish striker setting tongues wagging with his hopes for the future.
“I will be able to sign a contract (with any club) in January,” Lewandowski said earlier this month. “But I have never said that I will sign a contract with Bayern.
“One day I would like to play in the Premier League. It would be a great experience.”
Reports since claim the striker is destined for the Allianz Arena regardless, and that he will receive a near-£10million signing-on fee in the process.
But ignoring the money for a moment – if such a thing is possible in football – there is another move that, for me at least, makes far more sense. And that would see the 25-year-old sign for Arsenal.
Given Guardiola’s aversion to strikers, and Bayern’s continued dominance regardless, there is an argument to be had that Lewandowski would not make the German treble winners any better than they currently are. In fact his presence may even muddle the majesty with which they currently play the game.
While success would no doubt await him in Munich, he has already experienced plenty of that in Germany under Klopp. And although it has been touted as his dream to play for Bayern, a move to the Emirates would see him crowned as the missing link; a necessary and heralded addition rather than an unnecessary but long-touted indulgence.
While Olivier Giroud is making a worthy claim to be Arsene Wenger’s target-man for all occasions, imagine Lewandowski playing ahead of Mesut Ozil; a world-class striker and a world-class playmaker in tandem, while Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere continue to blossom alongside them.
The summer addition of Ozil is already proving to be one of Wenger’s smartest pieces of business, and given some of the men he has signed in the past that is saying something.
But while the Gunners currently sit atop the Premier League, outplaying practically all their opponents in the process, Lewandowski would complete them. And more than that, he would move from one team that plays great football to another that echoes that ethos.
Perhaps his mind really is already made up. But if there is even a sliver of doubt, he should take a look at what is happening at the Emirates, and consider being the man who helped bring sustained success back to a club who are finally seeing the fruits of Wenger’s labour.
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