Wenger admits failed Lewandowski attempt, but Mandzukic an option

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

Arsenal’s manager has confessed that the north London club made enquiries about the Bayern Munich-bound man and could look to sign another of the Bavarian club’s strikers.

Robert Lewandowski’s move from Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich was one of world football’s worst-kept secret, as it has been confirmed that the Pole will move to the Allianz Arena at the end of the season.

Lewandowski was repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League, with all of the top English sides accredited with an interest in the attacker at one point or another.

Arsenal were thought to have made attempts to convince Lewandowski to move to north London, with Arsene Wenger confessing that he made enquiries over the eastern European forward’s availability.

"Yes we looked into Lewandowski but honestly he signed for Bayern one and a half years ago, everyone knows that,” the Gunners boss admitted.

"They can only make it official now because he is in the last six months of his contract."

However, Wenger and Arsenal may still benefit from Lewandowski’s move to Bavaria, with Mario Mandzukic’s future with the European champions now being questioned.

Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Croatian, with Wenger hinting at an attempt to sign Mandzukic this summer.

"Lewandowski is at Dortmund until the end of the season and they will not sell Mandzukic now - maybe at the end of the season,” he said.

Whether Arsenal move for a new striker like Mandzukic in the summer will depend on the activity this January, with the Emirates Stadium outfit being heavily linked with forwards now that the transfer window is open.

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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