Could Arsenal benefit from missing out on Lewandowski?

Whilst there have been rumours of Arsenal's interest in Robert Lewandowski, the Gunners could reap the rewards of him moving to Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund's Polish hitman has been linked with a move away from Jurgen Klopp's side for the last year, and with his contract expiring in the summer, Lewandowski will make a controversial move to title rivals Bayern Munich. It's particularly frustrating for Dortmund fans as Mario Gotze, who made the same move last summer, was sold for £31.5 whereas Lewandowski will move on a free transfer.

Bayern will get even stronger from Lewandowski's move, as the 25-year-old will join forces with the likes of Gotze, Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller, and he is even undergoing a medical with the Bundesliga champions today ahead of his summer switch.

Manager Pep Guardiola will have even more firepower to work with, but in seeing off Arsenal to sign Lewandowski he could be opening the door for one of his current strikers to move to North London.

Croatian international Mario Mandzukic is likely to be sacrificed in order to accommodate Lewandowski, and a number of clubs will be tracking the 27-year-old after two prolific seasons for the Bavarian side. Mandzukic has 35 goals in just 65 games for Bayern, and would be fit to grace almost any side in Europe with that kind of record.

Arsenal are in dire need of a striker, with Olivier Giroud's illness and Nicklas Bendtner's ankle injury exposing their problems up front. Giroud has been impressive this season and despite Bendtner contributing a couple of goals of late, the club know that they need to sign another striker in the near future if they are to continue their title challenge.

Whilst Lewandowski will confirm his move to Bayern in the near future, he will only move in the summer which would likely mean that Mandzukic will only become available in six months time. With Bayern competing for domestic and European honours, it's highly unlikely that Guardiola would allow him to leave the club now without a replacement.

A loan deal for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata until the end of the season would help tie Arsenal over until Mandzukic became available, and whilst many teams in Europe will be targeting the former Wolfsburg man, Mandzukic is familiar with former Arsenal striker Eduardo from international duty, and the Shakhtar Donetsk striker could help tip the balance in Arsenal's favour with a ringing endorsement.

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