Arsenal's transfer policy is not exactly lauded.
Actually, it should be referred to as "Arsene Wenger's transfer policy," as the beleaguered Frenchman is responsible for much of the club's activity (or lack thereof) in the transfer market.
Over the years there have been mountains of criticism heaped on the manager for either not spending enough money or misusing the funds that he actually chooses to invest in the team.
Often, fans are inflamed because of the former.
Take the last transfer window, for example. With Olivier Giroud the only true striker employed by the club (sorry Theo Walcott), it only seemed logical for Wenger to splash some of the cash from the club's new sponsorship deal on a reinforcement.
That never happened.
Cue outrage and condemnation from a plethora of analysts and supporters, angry and frustrated that a left-back was the only man brought in while there existed an obvious lack of depth which could easily cost Arsenal an invaluable place in the top four. It still might.
Wenger is a rather scrupulous man, as we all know, and he is not likely to change his habits based on any sort of pressure, especially if the Gunners qualify for next season's Champions League.
Thankfully, Giroud has managed to stay healthy, if not always in form, and recent victories have substantially relaxed the ever-bubbling volcano of Arsenal transfer rumors that erupts whenever the team struggles.
While Wenger has historically shied away from investing in his squad during January, he has shown comparatively little restraint during the summer. With the exception of a 16-year-old Theo Walcott, all of Arsenal's recent starters were purchased between seasons.
So expect some activity after this campaign ends, even if it is not as much as one would hope.
And the Gunners still need another striker. Walcott is not ready to assume a central role, and he is a wholly different player than Olivier Giroud. Arsenal only have one traditional striker.
If Wenger feels like loosening up a bit, there is a wonderful alternative who is likely to be on the open market this summer
In a Bundesliga dominated by Bayern Munich this season, this man has outscored all others. He was an integral part of the teams that won two consecutive League titles in the past two seasons, helping his side to the double last year.
Any Borussia Dortmund fan (or reader of the title of this article), knows that this mysterious figure is Robert Lewandowski, who has been mooted as a potential Arsenal target (via Express).
The 24-year-old Pole has reportedly been recruited by Manchester United, according to The Daily Mail. Though the Red Devils have an absolute glut of world-class strikers, it is not difficult to see why Lewandowski is so coveted.
Inasmuch as he can power the ball into the back of the net with his head and his foot, he is very much like Olivier Giroud. But Lewandowski scores more: five goals in eight European appearances, added onto his 21 in the Bundesliga, is quite a healthy return.
Giroud, in contrast, has two in Europe and 10 in the League.
But Lewandowski would not be purchased as a replacement for the handsome Frenchman. And therein lies the problem.
Arsenal do not use a formation with two strikers, and even if they did, the men up front should compliment each other with their different skills. These two are essentially the same player; Lewandowski is just better.
One club does have an arrangement like this.
Bayern Munich employ both Mario Gomez and Mario Mandzukic—the latter has amazingly displaced the former after multiple seasons of dominance.
One look at the pair reveals that they cannot play together. Both are big men, who, though obviously proficient with their feet, need their own space as a lone striker.
There are two main reasons why this situation can work, and they are both intertwined: money, and the club itself.
Gomez and Mandzukic are each taking home salaries so generous that neither would want to step down to a lower bracket somewhere else. And simply because they play for Bayern Munich, who are arguably the best team in the world, there is incentive to stay and win trophies.
Arsenal can provide neither of those things. Analyzing the reasons why constitutes an entirely different article, but the fact is that they cannot.
So, unless Robert Lewandowski wishes to leave his plum role as the main striking focus of a highly competitive team to compete for playing time in a totally new situation, he should stay with Borussia Dortmund.
This will, in all likelihood, be one of those rather fanciful rumors that dies a dignified death.
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