Arsenal Transfer News: Loic Remy Not the Answer for Gunners' Attack

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Newcastle United's Loic Remy celebrates his goal  during their 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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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of QPR striker Loic Remy as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his attacking unit.

According to, talks with Remy are moving along—although issues still remain—and the hope is to bring him to the Emirates with Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy for a combined total of £50 million:

Arsenal are moving closer to a £50 million trio of signings with Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy all on the brink of joining the club. [...]

An £8m move for QPR striker Remy is said to be not so close with Remy's wage demands the stumbling block and no personal terms agreed.

Despite Remy's wage demands, the Gunners should still be confident of getting their man, as QPR boss Harry Redknapp previously admitted the player was desperate for Champions League football, per ESPN:

"Remy wants to play Champions League football next season, so they tell me. The chances of us keeping him are not great if he's got a buy-out clause."

However, it is exactly because of his lack of experience at the very highest level that Wenger must not view the Frenchman as the answer to his persistent attacking woes.

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He is undoubtedly a good player and goalscorer—he scored 14 Premier League goals in 26 games on loan at Newcastle last season per—and at £8 million, he represents real value.

But he is not the type of striker who is going to finally win Arsenal a Premier League title, and he does not represent any improvement to Arsenal's current options.

He could be a good back-up to current front man Olivier Giroud, but his addition would not put Arsenal's strike force into the realm of world class—and that is where the Gunners should be aiming.

The brutal fact is that Giroud himself is not world class, per football writer Miguel Delaney, and Wenger should be looking to someone to replace him as the No. 1 option up front:

Remy is not that player. His addition would not make Arsenal better and—having finished fourth last season—they need improvement.

The likes of Karim Benzema and Mario Mandzukic were previously rumoured to be on Wenger's radar, per Simon Austin in the Mirror

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Karim Benzema of France looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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These are the types of players that Wenger needs to be targeting, Champions League winners who are proven at the top level and will guarantee 20-plus goals a season.

Giroud top-scored for Arsenal in the Premier League last season with 16 goals, but their over-reliance on him was a main factor as they dropped from top of the table to fourth.

Bringing in Remy would bolster the Gunners squad but not push them to the level they need to be to mount a sustained challenge for the league title.

For that to happen, Wenger needs a world-class striker who is proven at the top level and not simply a makeweight who will not significantly improve his side.