Lewandowski 'best replacement' for Van Persie

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Robin van Persie's future as an Arsenal player remains clouded by uncertainty, and the Gunners enter back into pre-season unsure if the Dutchman will lead them out at the Emirates Stadium next season.

The Arsenal captain released a statement last week revealing his intention not to extend his contract with the club and, thus, will be able to leave north London for nothing in 12 months when his current deal expires.

Van Persie cited disagreements regarding the future direction of the club rather than the want for financial gain as his reason to desire a departure to pastures new but, it would appear, the situation is far from settled.

The Gunners have not given up on the idea of convincing their skipper to commit himself to another contract, and Van Persie is known to be settled in London with his wife and two young children.

However, it would arrive as no great surprise if Arsenal were to sell the 28-year-old during the transfer window should they be unable to convince him to stay, with Manchester City expected to test their resolve.

The recent acquisitions of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have served as evidence of Arsene Wenger planning for the potential loss of Van Persie, and club scout Giles Grimandi confirmed as much concerning the latter.

But, should Van Persie depart before the start of the new campaign, will Wenger be encouraged to delve into the market once again in order to further reinforce his goalscoring ranks?

Wenger has been linked with numerous potential replacements for his talismanic captain in recent months, and the recruitment of a marquee name would soften the blow somewhat of Van Persie's potential sale.

Of these reported targets, one name features prominently in the minds of Arsenal fans, with a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball showing the club's supporters are emphatically behind a move for Robert Lewandowski.

When asked who the 'best replacement' for Van Persie would be, over 20,000 Gunners fans responded, with almost 60 percent deciding Lewandowski would be the ideal acquisition.

Lewandowski was named the Bundesliga player of the season last term after his goals helped Borussia Dortmund claim a second successive league title, while the 23-year-old scored seven times on the way to glory in the DFB-Pokal Final.

The Poland international also impressed in Euro 2012 on home territory and, it would appear, would be afforded an immediate place in the affections of the Arsenal faithful, should he move to the Emirates Stadium.

Lewandowski polled a significantly greater percentage than any other candidate, with his nearest rival - Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente - the preferred option of 17 percent of Arsenal supporters.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko came in third place with 14 percent of the vote, while France international Loic Remy - dubbed the 'new Thierry Henry' - could only muster a paltry three percent.

Around seven percent of Gunners opted to vote for the option 'other', perhaps harbouring ambitions of striking a deal for one of the continent's most prominent forwards.


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