Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Loic Remy Would Be Smart Move for Gunners This Summer

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 6, 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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Only days after holding the striker scoreless in their English Premier League clash, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy.

Remy signed with the Londoners over the winter transfer window in a desperate bid by Harry Redknapp to try and avoid relegation, but that plan was unsuccessful—meaning that the striker could be available for purchase over the upcoming summer transfer window.

And according to reports from The Daily Mirror, the Gunners are keen:

Loic Remy has his heart set on a summer move to Arsenal. 

Striker Remy will quit QPR at the end of the season and a relegation release clause in his contract means he is available for just £6 million. That has alerted a host of clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle.

Sunday Mirror Sport ­understands that 26-year-old Remy has told friends that Arsenal is his dream destination. Manager ­Arsene Wenger is in the market for strikers and has previously compared Remy to Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

The media outlet had previously linked the Gunners with a move for Remy—reporting that the club sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the Frenchman earlier in the year. And with a release clause of around £6-8 million, it's fairly easy to see why Arsenal would be interested.

The North Londoners have struggled for depth up front this season, and whilst Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have started to come into their own in the back half of the year, they are still in need of some further depth in attack. Lukas Podolski is best suited to playing in the midfield and is combining well with Santi Cazorla—something that Arsene Wenger won't want to jeopardize by changing positions.

Remy would be a great signing then, as he gives the Gunners exactly what they need—depth. He would allow Wenger to rest Giroud or Walcott and still leave his team with a great target at the top of the attack and someone more than capable of finishing what the midfield creates in behind.

His price—£6-8 million—wouldn't break the bank for the North London club and would still allow them to pursue several other options over the summer window.

Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic has been linked with a move as well (via The Daily Mirror), so signing Remy is a nice move to make. Remy is a small-profile enough striker compared to Jovetic that the Fiorentina man won't be put off by his arrival. However, Remy is also still skilled enough to be a very strong player for the club despite Jovetic's potential arrival at the Emirates.

Arsenal will likely face grave competition for the striker from Liverpool and Newcastle, the latter of whom were incredibly close to a deal in the winter window (via FOX Sports). 

Thus, finishing inside the top four—and achieving Champions League football next season—may be crucial for the Gunners in more ways than one.

For it may just prove the difference in signing Remy or missing out.


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