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Seemingly a target for Arsene Wenger for almost as long as Salomon Kalou, a deal for Loic Remy almost seemed inevitable after news of Giroud's injury broke.
Remy reportedly has a clause in his Queens Park Rangers contract allowing him to leave if a club in the Champions League makes a bid of around £8 million, as per the Daily Mirror, so he would at least be relatively cheap.
Indeed, Remy wouldn't be a dreadful option, given that he can play through the middle and out wide. He scored 14 goals in 24 starts last season, and in his absence it became notable how much Newcastle relied upon him. Indeed, they only won one game after the turn of the year without Remy in their starting line-up.
Of course, that presents a potential problem because the last thing Arsenal need to cover for an injured striker is an injury-prone striker.
Indeed, reports that Remy's move to Liverpool, as per The Guardian, which seemed set to go through earlier in the summer, fell through because of a failed medical and will surely set alarm bells ringing.
Perhaps the final argument against Remy's move to the Emirates is that it smacks of a cheap option, a player who is good but not quite good enough to elevate Arsenal to the level they need to be at. Even if Giroud was not injured, Arsenal need a better option up front, and Remy is at best of similar quality to his compatriot.