Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny has admitted he tried everything he could to get Robert Lewandowski to choose the Gunners over Bayern Munich, but his powers of persuasion were not strong enough.
It was confirmed earlier this month that Lewandowski had a agreed a deal to join the Bundesliga champions once his current contract with Borussia Dortmund expires at the end of the season.
Szczesny revealed he and Lewandowski are close friends and the Gunners goalkeeper tried to exploit that connection in a bid to convince him to ditch Bayern and opt for Emirates Stadium instead.
"Lewandowski has been my friend for a very long time. I tried my best [to get him to join Arsenal]," he is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
Lewandowski's decision to join Dortmund's rivals come as another huge blow to Jurgen Klopp's side, who already suffered the shock of seeing talisman Mario Gotze make the same move last summer after the Bavarians activated his release clause.
Szczesny may have failed to convince his Poland teammate to move to north London, but this season has been largely successful for him.
He has been in terrific form since being dropped midway through last season and has cemented his place as Arsene Wenger's first choice 'keeper with a series of mature, solid displays.
A solid defence in front of him has helped, but the benefits are bidirectional as the 23-year-old's improvement has clearly made his fellow defenders more at ease and the Gunners are seeing the benefits as they lead the Premier League by a single point with the best defensive record.
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