Arsenal Transfer News: Loic Remy Is Not the Answer to Gunners' Striker Conundrum

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2014

Newcastle United's Loic Remy at the end of the English Premier League soccer match against Cardiff City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Loic Remy is reportedly waiting to hear from Arsenal before committing to a future with rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and the Gunners shouldn't get involved in the race to sign the French forward.'s Greg Stobart claims Spurs are ready to activate the player's buy-out clause, and while Remy likes the idea of playing for Tottenham, he prefers a move to a Champions League side:

Tottenham are ready to pay the £9 million buyout clause to sign Loic Remy from QPR but the striker is holding out for the possibility of a move to Arsenal after the World Cup. ... Remy wants to play for a club in the Champions League next season but has been impressed by Tottenham’s ambition and considers the north Londoners a leading Premier League club.

But while he is open to a move to Tottenham, Remy would prefer to wait to establish the extent of the interest from their neighbours, Arsenal.

The Gunners have previously linked with Remy and the former Marseille man was pictured watching their final home game of the season against West Brom in May.

Remy enjoyed a solid season on loan at Newcastle in 2013-14, scoring 14 goals in 26 matches, per Those numbers are slightly deceiving, however, with five of those goals coming during a three-match stretch.

The Frenchman is a solid, versatile option capable of lining up all over the offensive unit, but a move to Arsenal would mean he would be joining the Gunners as a striker.

The striker position has been somewhat of a revolving door for the club since the departure of Thierry Henry, and Olivier Giroud is currently the preferred man for the job.

The French forward has struggled for consistency during his time in London, but a show of faith from Arsene Wenger saw the former Montpellier man play with a renewed confidence, and he ended the 2013-14 season in impressive fashion.

Three goals and two assists in the team's final six matches of the season is nothing to scoff at, and his form has carried right over to the national team, per While Giroud will never be a world-class forward, his contributions in 2013-14 showed he can at least be a serviceable option while the team look for such a player.

Remy isn't such a player. Like Giroud, he's a solid option who won't win you many matches, but will do his job. The difference between the two is that Remy is a more versatile piece to play with, while Giroud is a much harder worker who plays with a lot more discipline.

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The latter is currently at the club, and he has played his best football when he didn't have to worry about the competition. Nicklas Bendtner will clearly never be the striker the Gunners hoped he could be for them, and Lukas Podolski played most of his minutes as an attacking midfielder last season.

The only reason Wenger should consider endangering that groove Giroud seems to be in would be the signing of either a world-class forward who clearly outclasses Giroud, or a youngster who has the potential to do so in the future and can rival Giroud's production today.

Remy is neither. He's a 27-year-old who scores roughly at the same rate Giroud does if you take out that hot three-match stretch, and unlike Giroud, he'll cost the club at least an additional £9 million just to activate his buy-out clause.

Arsenal want to profile themselves as a world-class club, and signing a player the calibre of Remy to come and lead their front line would send the wrong signal. Remy is not the striker the club needs, and his presence is nothing but another reason targets like Mario Mandzukic would decide not to join the Gunners.

Remy just doesn't signal a step forward for the club. Chasing his signature lacks ambition at a time the club should be doing the exact opposite, and Arsenal would be wise to look elsewhere for their striker of the future.