Not Benzema: Arsenal To Launch £35million Striker Bid Imminently

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Arsenal will step-up their chase for a world class striker with a move for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

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The Daily Express reports that the Gunners have turned their attention to the Polish international due to complications in their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who appears to be staying at the Santiago Bernabeu unless a replacement is lined-up.

Arsene Wenger has stated his intention to strengthen the starting eleven where possible ahead of the Premier League campaign but no new faces are expected until after the opening day clash against West Ham United, at the earliest.

Bayern Munich are already said to have knocked-back an approach from Manchester United for the former Borussia Dortmund star this summer and £35m is unlikely to tempt them into a sale- but Arsenal have the cash reserves available to negotiate a higher price.

The Gunners enter this weekend’s Community Shield with just one recognised senior centre-forward in the squad, Olivier Giroud, but Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez are all capable of playing through the middle when required.

The reliability of the Daily Express can of course be questioned, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen Lewandowski and Arsenal linked. The Gunners appear to really want a forward this summer and with talks for Benzema failing to progress as yet, Wenger may focus his attentions on Lewandowski – who is likely to be equally as unattainable.

Time will tell, but the names Arsenal are being linked to are very promising.

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