Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Must Make Bigger Splash Than Target Loic Remy

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Queens Park Rangers at St Mary's Stadium on March 2, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Even if Arsenal manage to earn a Champions League place and top-four finish this season, fans of the team are going to expect the club to splash some cash and improve the squad for next season, especially after stars like Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie have been lost the past two summers.

If the main addition this summer is Queens Park Rangers' striker Loic Remy, though, expect a lot of grumpy fans at the Emirates next season.

From Dean Jones of the Mirror:

Arsenal plan to raid QPR for hitman Loic Remy if they are relegated—and Rangers will demand £6 million for their strike ace, writes the Sunday People.

The Gunners considered a move for the forward in January but decided a big money move was too risky because of his injury record.

Jones adds:

Arsene Wenger is planning a summer spending spree with £30 million forward Stevan Jovetic high on their wanted list, along with a powerful midfielder to fill the role of crocked Abou Diaby.

But French international Remy, 26, has a relegation release clause Arsenal can take advantage of.

Now, Jovetic is a name everyone can get excited about. The 23-year-old is one of the most exciting young talents in Europe, with 12 goals and four assists in 28 appearances for Fiorentina, and he seems as interested in Arsenal as the club is rumored to be interested in him.

Remy, on the other hand, doesn't exactly inspire much excitement, quite frankly. Sure, he could be a decent enough backup plan if the club can't pry Jovetic from Fiorentina, but will any fans hoot and holler if the club lands Remy?

I don't think so. No doubt, he's played well for QPR this season, with five goals in eight appearances since making the move from Marseille in January. And Remy was a steady contributor during his stay with Nice and Marseille in Ligue 1, scoring at least 11 league goals in four straight seasons.

If the striker market falls apart for Arsenal or Wenger and the board decide to again be frugal with the pursestrings, Remy would present a nice alternate at striker to Olivier Giroud, and could even play out wide as a winger.

But he wouldn't be the sort of splash that Arsenal fans are hoping for. He wouldn't be the cutting-edge striker the team really needs.

Arsenal could also decide to go a different strategic route over the summer, looking to solidify the defense by adding a sturdy holding midfielder and adding a more consistent central defender. If that's where the money ends up going, Arsenal fans could live with Remy as an affordable addition to bolster the attack.

But Remy cannot be the Gunners' primary addition this summer. Fans would go nuts.

While the team looks as though it may yet pull out a Champions League berth after a rocky season—Arsenal trail Tottenham by two points in the race for fourth place with a game in hand—fans want a return to the days of championships and prominence among Europe's elite.

A move for Jovetic would signal Wenger and the board desired the same thing. But if a player like Remy is the primary addition, it would signal business as usual—with an emphasis on business—for an Arsenal team that is now more about printing money than it is about winning championships. 


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