Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Loic Remy Would Be Excellent Backup Plan for Gunners

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2013

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Queens Park Rangers at the Madejski Stadium on April 28, 2013 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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It's time for Arsenal to compete for Premier League titles again, and that means it is time for Arsene Wenger and the club's board to open up the checkbook and go after some of Europe's most talented players in this summer transfer window.

That doesn't mean the team shouldn't have solid backup plans if its top targets can't be acquired, though. One such option should be Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy.

From Matt Law of the Mirror:

Striker Remy will quit QPR at the end of the season and a relegation release clause in his contract means he is available for just £6 million.

That has alerted a host of clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle.

Sunday Mirror Sport ­understands that 26-year-old Remy has told friends that Arsenal is his dream destination. Manager ­Arsene Wenger is in the market for strikers and has previously compared Remy to Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

That's high praise for a 26-year-old with just 12 total appearances in the Premier League. Although, Remy has been excellent for QPR since coming to the side in the January transfer window, scoring five goals in his short stint in England.

Nevertheless, Remy could be a savvy backup plan for Wenger if he fails to land his top target, Fiorentina's Stevan ­Jovetic, or if he does land Jovetic but decides to sell Lukas Podolski, who Law notes is reportedly garnering interest from Galatasaray.

Remy's style of play would fit the Gunners, as he is a pacy forward that can take on defenders with solid dribbling skills and a deft touch when he's on his game. Plus, he has shown the ability to be a threat in the air and can score goals in a variety of ways and from a number of different positions on the pitch.

Since he differs in style from current striker Olivier Giroud, he would also give Wenger a versatile pair of forwards atop the team's attack. Or, if Jovetic is also signed, Remy could slide over to the wing and pair with Theo Walcott to give the team a true goal-scoring threat from both wide positions.

Plus, with a relegation clause of £6 million, bringing in Remy would be a tidy bit of business and allow the team to focus big bucks on other areas of need such as holding midfielder and right-back.

He's not Jovetic, obviously, and Wenger probably won't be able to wait around to sign him if he's interested, seeing as plenty of other clubs will be salivating over that relegation clause. This may be the rare case where signing the backup plan first would actually make the most sense.

Remy alone won't be a big enough name to convince Arsenal fans that the team will end the trophy drought next season, but adding him in conjunction with a few other solid players would be excellent business for the club.

Don't be surprised if Remy is regular fixture at Emirates Stadium next season.