Robert Lewandowski put an stop to the Arsenal feel-good train Tuesday on a rainy Champions League night in London. The Borussia Dortmund striker’s late goal on the counter attack gave the Germans a 2-1 victory. It also snapped the Gunners 12-game unbeaten run, which began following a loss to Aston Villa on the opening day of the new Premier League season on Aug. 17.
Arsenal kept Dortmund pinned in most of the second half, but were stung on a classic counter-attacking goal in the 82nd minute by the Polish striker set up on Kevin Grosskreutz’s cross. It means Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli are all even on six points in their Champions League Group after three matches. (Marseille bring up the rear with zero.)
Lewandowski is out of contract at Dortmund at the end of the season. He tried to force a move to Bayern Munich in the summer, but Dortmund (wisely) refused to sell. If he keeps scoring goals against high-profile English clubs like Arsenal, he’ll have no shortage of suitors — including Premier League big boys like Chelsea, Manchester City and who knows, maybe even Arsenal.
The slight irony, last week when Lewandowski was in England on international duty for Poland he missed a couple easy chances that would have knocked the Three Lions out of automatic qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
It also means that dude who looks like Lewandowski is in store for a fun night.
We know that Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will enjoy his night in London town.