Arsenal Must Add Loic Remy to Alexis Sanchez on Transfer Window List

James McNicholasFeatured Columnist IVMarch 23, 2017

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Loic Remy of  Newcastle United is closed down by Jack Wilshere (L) and Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on December 29, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Until now, Arsenal’s transfer window has been somewhat quiet. However, suddenly it's all change. Gunners fans are enjoying an indulgent couple of days, binging on speculation as Arsene Wenger accelerates his recruitment drive.

Amid stories such as this one in the Daily Mail by Sami Mokbel suggesting the arrival of Alexis Sanchez is imminent, another rumour has resurfaced. According to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, Arsenal’s attacking additions will not end with Sanchez. He could be followed to the Emirates Stadium by France international striker Loic Remy. Cross wrote: 

The 27-year-old France international - who scored 14 Premier League goals for Newcastle last season while on a year-long loan - is keen on the switch, having been spotted in the stands at the Emirates during an April match against West Brom.

A deal between the clubs is close, although personal terms have not yet been agreed.

Initially, it was something of a surprise to see this mooted transfer rear its head once again. The link with Sanchez appeared to have superseded any interest in Remy. Both men are quick goalscorers who are able to play both through the middle and on the wing.

However, these two signings are not mutually exclusive. There is room in the squad for both. What’s more, there’s arguably a need for both.

Although Sanchez has played as a No. 9 for Chile, it may take him some time to adapt to playing that role amid the tumult of the Premier League. At first, he is likely to be deployed on one of the two wings.

Remy has already established himself as a feared Premier League centre-forward. Fourteen goals in a struggling Newcastle side is an enviable record. Were Olivier Giroud to pick up any kind of injury, he would be ready to immediately step in and fill the void. He’s a different kind of striker but has shown on Tyneside that he can operate effectively as a lone front-man.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Loic Remy of Newcastle United controls the ball from Per Mertesacker of Arsenal as Bacary Sagna (L) and Santi Cazorla (2L) look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadi
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Last season, Arsenal were distressingly short of strikers. With Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott both required on the flanks, Wenger could only call on Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo to supplement Giroud. In the second half of the season, Bendtner’s contract situation saw him disappear from contention, meaning a significant burden fell on the inexperienced Sanogo. While he performed with a measure of success, he is some way from being ready for the rigours of regular elite football.

Adding both Sanchez and Remy would give Arsenal enormous depth in the attacking portion of the squad. It would hark back to the halcyon days when Wenger had a squad containing Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Kanu, Sylvain Wiltord and a promising Francis Jeffers.

14 Sep 1999:  (L to R) Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Nwankwo Kanu of Arsenal during training for the UEFA Champions League group B match against Fiorentina at the Stadio Communale in Florence, Italy. The game ended goalless. \ Mandatory Credit: MarkT
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Title-winning squads invariably have a significant arsenal of firepower at their disposal. Last season’s Manchester City teamfeaturing Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Joveticis a good example. If Wenger expands his options to include both Alexis Sanchez and Loic Remy, then the Gunners will soon be on the way to matching that kind of explosive potential.


James McNicholas is Bleacher Report’s lead Arsenal correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here.