Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Stevan Jovetic Fits Side Better Than Robert Lewandowski

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

BERGAMO, ITALY - APRIL 29:  Stevan Jovetic of ACF Fiorentina misses a penalty-kick during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on April 29, 2012 in Bergamo, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Robin van Persie announced on his website that he won't be returning to Emirates Stadium next season. That leaves a glaring void at the top of Arsenal's attack unless Olivier Giroud can make a flawless jump from Ligue 1 to English Premier League action.

On Friday, Sami Mokbel of The Daily Mail reported that the Gunners are eyeing a few options to bolster their attack for next season.

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.

Both players would add to Arsenal's offense next season, but Jovetic brings a more necessary element to the table. Lewandowski is more talented and more proven, but Jovetic's control and technique is something the Gunners currently lack.

Lewandowski is similar to Giroud. Both are extremely gifted strikers, but they lack an all-around presence. Jovetic impacts all facets of the game with his consistent play and his versatility. He can play second striker or attacking midfielder.

The Gunners obviously need to replace RVP's presence at the top of their attack. Lewandowski has scored 30 goals in 67 career appearances with Borussia Dortmund, but he's just as unproven in the EPL as Giroud is. Jovetic's experience in Serie A will go a long way toward his ability to compete against Premier League teams.

These players are extremely talented, but Jovetic fits Arsenal's needs at the moment. The Gunners need an offensive presence, but Jovetic's versatility gives him an edge over Lewandowski's pure goal-scoring.

Arsenal couldn't keep up with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United last year, and that was with van Persie's presence at the top of their attack.

Without him, they will need to find an answer. It is going to take a collective effort, and Jovetic's technical skills lend themselves to a team game.

He has tremendous upside, outstanding skill and shouldn't be too expensive.

That sounds perfect for Arsene Wenger and the Gunner brass.