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 The link with Sanchez appeared to have superseded any interest in Remy.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.
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.
Title-winning squads invariably have a significant arsenal of firepower at their disposal. Last season’s Manchester City team—featuring Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic—is 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.