Of all the clubs vying for the services of Robert Lewandowski is January, Arsenal's need is perhaps the most urgent.
As it stands they have Olivier Giroud in a rich vein of form, and their midfield are chipping in with their fair share of goals- Ramsey and Ozil have 14 between the two of them alone.
However in the likely situation that Giroud should fall victim to a dip in form or a longterm injury, there isn't a recognised replacement ready to step into his place.
Lewandowski's credentials are proven on the field, and the argument at hand doesn't require me to list them in order to prove that buying him is a smart move by Arsene Wenger.
However with as many as five top clubs pursuing the high-flying Dortmund in the winter transfer window, it could very well come down to who offers his club the juiciest bone.
It's has been reported that the chiefs of the German club are willing to offer their crown jewel out to Premier League outfits for as little as £8million in order to recoup some money before he moves away in the summer, but that doesn't mean that they will settle for that much if a side were to offer more.
And it's this theory that prompts me to believe that Arsenal should seize the initiative and go for the proverbial jugular.
Were they to offer a recognised talent plus cash for Lewandowski not only would it swing Dortmund's interest in their favour, but it would raise the stakes that the other teams would have to pay as well.
Enter Lukas Podolski.
The German winger hasn't been bad by any means at the Emirates, but neither has he performed feats that would place him in the 'indispensable' pile at the north London club.
If a player-plus cash deal involving Podolski was offered by Arsenal it would surely be a cause for consideration from Jurgen Klopp, particularly when it's considered that he is experienced in the Bundesliga and wouldn't raise any concerns over acclimatising to the country.
Though Lewandowski has claimed that he has already decided where he will be plying his trade when he leaves the Westfalenstadion, he doesn't have too much of a say until his contract runs out in the summer, and so in January it remains, on a relative level, anyone's game.
As previously stated, if Arsenal were to offer a package too good to refuse not only would they guarantee themselves the chance to convince Lewandowski that it's under Wenger's tutelage that he should continue his ascension, but they would also no doubt lower the amount of teams they're competing with.
In offloading the relatively ineffectual Podolski they wouldn't be necessarily be hindering themselves. However in increasing their chances of bringing in one of Europe's most prolific strikers they could improve their stock tenfold.
At the very worst such an offer could put other clubs off of the Polish star until after the end of the season, which rules out the chances of him turning the tide in a rival's favour post-Christmas.
Arsenal will most definitely be one of the clubs in the race for Lewandowski in January, and whether or not Wenger wishes to gamble with the harmony of his current players is entirely his choice.
It's a transaction that he should definitely consider though, and one that could do put them ahead in the race for one the hottest properties on the market- one that they are in dyer need of.
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