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Would QPR Striker Loic Remy Be a Good Fit at Arsenal?

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Queens Park Rangers at St Mary's Stadium on March 2, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2013

Watching Loic Remy’s extraordinary goal against Wigan, Arsenal fans could be forgiven for doing a double-take. 

It was all so familiar.

First there was the explosive 80-yard sprint to race away from the defence. Then the first-time, deadly-calm side-footed finish. Finally, there was the casual turn away as the ball nestled in the net, coupled with the nonchalant shrug and nod of satisfaction.

As Loic Remy stood there, motionless, drinking in the adulation of the crowd, any Arsenal fan watching would immediately have thought of one man: Thierry Henry. 

Remy lacks some of Henry’s finesse. He is unlikely to ever scale the same heights on the international stage; however, he has much of his compatriot’s swagger and style.

Now, Dean Jones of the Mirror suggests Remy’s performances have also caught Arsene Wenger’s eye:

Arsenal plan to raid QPR for hitman Loic Remy if they are relegated—and Rangers will demand £6 million for their strike ace, writes the Sunday People.

The Gunners considered a move for the forward in January but decided a big money move was too risky because of his injury record.

If QPR are relegated, Remy’s departure is something of a foregone conclusion. He is too good to be playing in the Championship, and will surely have negotiated a clause in his contract to ensure he can depart Loftus Road for a reasonable fee.

In that event, there will be no shortage of Premier League clubs clamouring for his signature. Remy has scored five goals in just eight Premier League starts, instantly demonstrating his suitability to English football.

Tottenham have been linked with him in the past, and it’s possible they could revive their interest. If they do, Arsenal and Spurs will find themselves head-to-head in yet another race: this time to catch the fleet-footed Remy rather than to secure Champions League qualification.

Remy is a type of striker that Arsenal don’t currently have in their armoury. At the moment, the only pure centre-forward in the squad is Olivier Giroud, who is a fairly traditional target man.

Remy's a more mobile player who offers a greater threat on the counter-attack. His sheer pace makes him difficult to defend against and offers a constant threat in behind the opposition’s offside trap.

He’s versatile too.

QPR have deployed Remy wide on the right on more than one occasion. The Frenchman could arguably take Gervinho’s place in the squad as a reserve attacker who can play in any position across the front three. Thus far, Remy has looked to be quicker than the Ivorian, and most certainly a better finisher.

Remy’s arrival would not single-handedly transform Arsenal in to title-challengers. However, it would provide depth and options in the final third—something they desperately lack at the moment.

It’d also enable Arsenal fans to reminisce about the greatest player in their history. Remy is a mere shadow of Henry, but a shadow of greatness is still something worth having.

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