Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Tracking Replacements for Robin Van Persie

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 12:  Robert Lewandowski of Poland is pursued by Aleksey Berezutskiy of Russia during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Poland and Russia at The National Stadium on June 12, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal brass are wasting no time in finding a potential replacement for star striker Robin van Persie. Van Persie announced his intentions to leave the Gunners via his website on Wednesday. 

That leaves the north London club with the obvious dilemma; who's going to replace the player who scored 96 goals in 194 career appearances? The Gunners signed Olivier Giroud from Ligue 1's Montpellier, but having more than one option never hurts. 

According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal already has their eyes elsewhere.

Sportsmail understands Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski were both watched by the scouts last season and will be on the agenda.

Lewandowski and Jovetic are among two of the most talented young players in Europe. Neither is 25 years old, but both are already proven goalscorers in their current leagues. 

The Gunners would be smart to throw money at either forward. Normally I don't like paying inordinate fees for players, but these two are worth it given Arsenal's current situation.

Let's take a look at each player and what they would bring to Emirates Stadium.

Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski has recently been linked with the English Premier League, but his preferred destination seemed to be Manchester United

Now it appears the Gunners covet Borussia Dortmund's dynamic attacker. 

He was named Bundesliga Player of the Season in 2011 after scoring 22 goals (third in the league). Before that he only had eight goals to his name with Dortmund, but last season was the breakthrough campaign he needed to become one of Europe's fastest-rising talents.

Lewandowski wouldn't necessarily replace Van Persie immediately. The competition between Bundesliga and the English Premier League is very different, but you have to love his potential.

He and Giroud could work wonders in tandem. Allowing them to split playing time at the top of the Gunners' attack would give each player a chance to slowly adapt to the EPL as opposed to being thrown right into the fire. 

Lewandowski's name and reputation are well-known, and Arsenal fans would love to see him join their ranks. 

Stevan Jovetic

At 22 years old, Jovetic is one year younger than Lewandowski, and less proven, but his upside is tremendous. For Fiorentina last season, he scored 14 goals in 27 total appearances. He has 22 goals in 84 career appearances with the club. 

The Montenegro native is one of the world's best young talents because of his sound technical ability and flair for the dramatic. He really understands how to work his way through tight areas with his dribbling. 

Playing in Serie A, he's used to high-level competition, but the EPL is still a step up. With his talent, there's no reason to think he can't adjust to the increased skill level of the league.

Luring him away from Fiorentina may be difficult, and expensive, but his skill level makes it worthwhile. He's one of the best in the world when it comes to operating in close quarters, and his goalscoring ability would be a great boost to the Arsenal attack.

If the Gunners sign either one of these players fans will forget RVP faster than they anticipate.