£35m striker tells all: I asked about Wenger, Arsenal star wanted me to join

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A Bundesliga king has claimed that his countryman wanted him to transfer to the Emirates Stadium, rather than take heed of alternative offers.

Out of all available footballers in the mid-season market, it was Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, 25, who arguably had the most talent, who was the most valuable, yet the Poland international appeared destined for only one club - Bayern Munich - and inked a pre-contract agreement with the behemoth of the Bundesliga at the beginning of the transfer window, a five year deal, joining the reigning German titlists at the end of the current season when his BVB deal expires.

While he will join Bayern Munich on a free basis, he has a high valuation due to his quality (£34.5m according to transfermarkt.co.uk) and one need only look at his goal and assist combined return (18 in the league thus far this season) to see why he was on the shortlists of multiple elite-level clubs across Europe - including Arsenal, a club we are now told attempted to recruit the striker through one of their players, rather than Arsene Wenger.

Lewandowski, who returns a goal or assist every 87 minutes he is on the field in Bundesliga or Champions League competition, told Fakt - a Polish news outlet - that: 'I can confirm that Wojciech Szczesny tried to convince me to join Arsenal.

'We had several talks about this. It was him who did most of the talking, how the club looks inside, what Arsene Wenger thinks of me. When we trained before the Champions League games at Colney, there were important people from Arsenal at our sessions as well.'

With these latest revelations it appears that prior to concluding his personal negotiations with Bayern, Lewandowski was interested in the Gunners set-up yet, despite the information he gleaned from his compatriot, elected to effectively snub Arsenal to become the latest star at the Allianz Arena.

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