Arsene Wenger admits he attempted to sign Robert Lewandowski before he quit Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich, according to the Daily Mail.
The Polish forward signed a five-year contract with the European champions on Saturday, and will officially join Pep Guardiola’s side on July 1st.
Arsenal remain in the market for a new striker this month, and Wenger has admitted Lewandowski was a target, however he was always set to commit his long term future to Bayern.
“Yes we looked into Lewandowski but honestly he signed for Bayern one and a half years ago, everyone knows that,” Wenger said.
“They can only make it official now because he is in the last six months of his contract.
“We are like everyone, we look out there and see what is happening. If an opportunity turns up, you know as well that all the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets.
“Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult.
“If we find someone like Gnabry at that age when no one knows them, then maybe. But I just said many times we don’t rule anything out.”
Wenger also admitted he had enquired about Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, but admitted a deal was more likely in the summer.
“Lewandowski is at Dortmund until the end of the season and they will not sell Mandzukic now – maybe at the end of the season,’ he added.