Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with Lewandowski in Saturday's 4-0 win. Image from The Guardian (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty).
Robert Lewandowski scored in Borussia Dortmund’s season-opener against FC Augsburg on Saturday, yet transfer gossip continues to persist about the striker's future.
The 24-year-old netted his side's fourth goal from the spot in the 4-0 Bundesliga win but debutant Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stole the show.
The forward, who was signed from Saint-Etienne over the summer, is considered to be a long-term replacement for Lewandowski and opened his BVB account with a hat-trick.
Lewandowski provided the assist for Aubameyang's third goal. Following the victory, the Poland international told the club's official website:
We are happy, me included. I made one goal and scored one. But the most important thing is getting the three points. It´s a decent start but we have a long season ahead of us and will need to play better than we did today. Augsburg were strong opposition, particularly in the first half. It was no easy game. Aubameyang scored a hat-trick so for him, it was a pretty good first game!
Currently in the final year of his contract at the Westfalenstadion, Lewandowski has been outspoken in recent weeks about his treatment by the Dortmund hierarchy.
The striker's discontent has raised questions about how he will perform for Jurgen Klopp's side this season. One option, which has been mooted by The Sun's (requires subscription) Antony Kastrinakis, is a potential transfer to Arsenal.
The Gunners have been pursuing Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Kastrinakis makes the point that Lewandowski represents better value, in comparison with the Uruguayan.
Perhaps a move, or a season-long loan before signing for Bayern Munich next summer, could be a good option for both Lewandowski and Dortmund, who seem to have already found a sound replacement in Aubameyang.
In the second Bundesliga fixture of the 2013/14 campaign, Dortmund will face Eintracht Braunschweig at the Westfalenstadion on August 18.