When Arsenal look back at this season it will almost certainly be tinged with a touch of regret.
The early months of the campaign were dominated by Arsene Wenger's men, by Mesut Ozil's transfer and by Aaron Ramsey's herculean form from midfield.
However, we have seen it all before, and the usual story has begun to play out for the team from the Emirates.
Arsenal now lie in third position in the Premier League, per BBC Sport, seven points behind leaders Chelsea, and in danger of slipping further as fourth-place City have two games in hand on the Gunners.
Even fifth-placed local rivals Tottenham Hotspur only lie two wins behind their most hated foes.
Arsenal have stopped winning matches when it really mattered. They have dropped 10 points in their last six games, per Squawka. A run of terrible form that will surely cost them the title.
They needed a top-class goal-scorer to push them forward, when an Olivier Giroud on his own would just not do.
Step forward, Loic Remy of Newcastle.
ESPN reports that the 27-year-old, who has 13 goals in 23 games for the Geordie club, has suggested he is too good to be playing in the North East and predicts he will move to one of Europe's "top five" clubs.
The report quotes Remy admitting to France Football:
There are things that have held my career back. Of course it's a shame. Without being pretentious, I could perhaps play at a bigger club, a club in the top five in Europe.
Yes, I will be part of Europe's top five or I will be part of a very big club. I'm sure of what I can do. I can be a lot better. I still have quite an enormous amount of room for improvement.
Remy is currently only on loan from parent club QPR to Newcastle. The ambitious player continued:
I could have scored more. I never settle for what I have. I could have 15 or 16. I missed three games through suspension, two or three others at the start of the season with injury. I'm eternally ambitious. My objective is to score 17-18 goals this season in the Premier League. I'm in full form right now.
Remy may get his wish to play for a bigger club soon as Neil Moxley of The Mirror reports Arsenal could be in line to sign the player, as Arsene Wenger is a fan.
Moxley writes that Remy could be made available in the summer transfer window for as little as £8 million.
And with the World Cup upon us, where transfer values suddenly explode, that would represent some amazing value for a player who is highly thought of by his national team, with a solid goal-getting record in French and English club football.
London sports correspondent for AFP Tom Williams reaffirmed France's trust in Remy via Twitter:
If Wenger had the services of Remy this season, there is little doubt the Gunners would be closer to Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League. Their slip in position has coincided with a bad run of form for Ozil, as well as injuries to Ramsey and Theo Walcott, both of whom had been supplying goals.
With central striker Giroud having just 12 Premier League goals to his name this season, per Squawka, it is not difficult to pinpoint where it is going wrong for the North London giants.
They may still be in the FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League title hunt, but right now only the former of those looks a realistic silverware prospect.
If Wenger were able to add Remy next season, for what is a ridiculously low price for a proven talent, he could finally take his team to the promised land of being champions of England once more.
With a fit-again Ramsey and Walcott, and not having to rely solely on the contribution of Giroud up front, Arsenal could go that extra mile and lift the title.
Remy is the perfect player for Wenger. He will score goals and scare the life out of opponents' defences.
His pace off the shoulder of the last man is not something Arsenal have been able to boast of for an eternity. Ian Wright, Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry were the last strikers who gave Wenger this option, and though Walcott has this ability, he has played wide much of his career.
Remy's contribution would be significant in 2014-15, and would take this Arsenal team over the line in the toughest race of them all. If Wenger buys him, he could be one of his greatest ever signings.
He would poach the goals the Gunners need to be champions.
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