Robben out for six weeks

Robben

Robben

The Bavarians winger is suffering from a knee injury and will not feature for Bayern Munich for six long weeks.

Arjen Robben, 29, has been sidelined until the winter break due to a knee problem he picked up in a game against Augsburg. The DFB Pokal match on Wednesday heated up with an early goal from the Dutch International. But, as early as 16th minute, he was stretchered out of the pitch due to a challenge by Marwin Hitz.  Thomas Muller replaced the winger in their 2-0 win over Augsburg.

The Former Real Madrid forward helped his team to a triple win last season with a late winner in the final champions league match against Borussia Dortmund. Robben has scored 13 goals in 20 appearances for Bayern this season so far.

Bayern Munich has confirmed the Netherland man’s  six week absence as he also suffers from a ligament injury . His agent told NOS, ” He will not play before the winter break”.

The winger was frustrated with his injury saying , ” I am very disappointed, of course. I was in great form and was looking forward to each game now this happened. I will be back though and we want to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves”.

Bayern Munich is concerned with their key player’s injury who will not be available until the winter break ends.

 

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Robert Lewandowski confirms his exit in summer

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robert-lewandowski

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has said he wants to play a different challenge in football for next season. It shows he will leave Germany club Borussia Dortmund in summer window.

He crushed Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League and he scored four goals against them in semi-finals. Now he is one of the most wanted strikers in the world.

Lewandowski is playing his final days of his contract with Borussia Dortmund. His recent words about future clear all speculations in transfers.

He stated on Sport-BILD weekly:

“I will reveal my future next year. No one needs to get in touch with me anymore,”

“I have decided what I am to do. I simply want to have a new challenge next season, despite the fact I am feeling very, very happy being at Borussia Dortmund.”

Chelsea has linked with this 25-year-old goal machine in transfer window, but things went in wrong direction. Meantime, Arsene Wenger shows much interest bring players from Germany clubs so he will join in race to sign him.

Tough road ahead for Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal

 

Despite a very convincing 2-0 win over Liverpool yesterday Arsenal now face two very tough matches in the week ahead.

Wednesday night they play the current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion in their second leg Champions’ League group F match against a team that has not lost a game at home this season, and has never lost in Germany to English opposition.

The Germans went top of their domestic league Friday night after beating VfB Stuttgart 6-1 while coming from being behind in a match that saw star striker Robert Lewandowski score a hat-trick.

Jürgen Klopps team has already beaten Arsenal at the Emirates 2-1 and know that a win at home on Wednesday night almost certainly guarantee’s Dortmund a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

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Then the following Sunday, Arsenal who now sit on top of the Barclays Premier League five points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea travel to play Manchester United at Old Trafford fresh with the knowledge that this fixture saw them lose an embarrassing 8-2 to the eventual league winners.

While I do not think that Arsenal will win against Dortmund midweek they should be able to come away from Manchester with at least a point especially if they can play the fast paced passing game they showed against Liverpool where they dominated midfield.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could still be without playmaker Jack Wilshire for the trip to north Germany and could also be without Kieran Gibbs who limped of the pitch in the 78th minute with what appeared to be a calf injury that saw Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen come on in his place.

To take nothing away from Arsenal after a brilliant performance against Liverpool the team now face a tough test in the coming weeks.

Dortmund block Lewandowski move to rivals Bayern Munich

Dortmund block Lewandowski move to rivals Bayern Munich

 

It had appeared to anyone who was following this story that a move by Borussia Dortmund’s prolific goal scorer Robert Lewandowski to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich was a done deal.

This was of course until Dortmund’s president   Hans-Joachin Watzke had his say in the matter.

“Lewandowski will definitely not go to Bayern in 2013,” Watzke said in an interview with the German sports paper Bild. “This is final.”

Despite what Watzke may say it is just a ploy to raise the price of the Polish international, and to get other clubs willing to put bids in as the 25-year-old is out of contract next summer and would be free to join any club he wants even following his Dortmund team-mate Mario Götze to Bayern Munich.

This news will of course come a shock to the striker who thought the deal was done and dusted when he said to Bild: “We have been in agreement with the new club for some time now. I have informed the people in charge at Dortmund and I assume that all will now be cleared up and I can join the club of my wish this summer.”

“This would be the best thing for all sides. Dortmund are a fantastic club that will always have a special place in my heart. However, I am looking for a new challenge in the future,” the striker added.

Manchester United has long been linked with Lewandowski but the question remains as to whether new manager David Moyes has a place for him in his plans for the club.

If as expected Wayne Rooney leaves it would of course present the perfect opportunity for Lewandowski to join the Red Devils.

Also now unable to sign the man they want the German Champions may turn their attention to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who has said to the press in Uruguay that he is looking to leave England, and with his managers brother Pep Guardiola now in charge at Bayern this is also a possibility.