5 Reasons Why Loic Remy Is an Ideal Fit for Arsenal
If the rumours are to be believed, Arsenal have made Loic Remy their No. 1 target this summer. A report by Chisanga Malata in The Daily Star has even gone far enough to claim that personal terms have already been agreed.
While that report may prove somewhat premature, there's enough smoke around the Remy rumour to believe there might be a fire of truth at its core.
In this piece, we identify five reasons why recruiting Remy would make sense for Arsenal.
Last season, Loic Remy scored 14 goals in 24 Premier League appearances. To sign a striker with a proven record of scoring goals in the English league would be a huge boost to Arsenal.
When signing a striker from abroad, there is always an element of risk. Their adaptation to the English game is far from guaranteed.
Remy has already shown he can score goals in this division, so his signing would not feel like a big gamble.
Ideally, Arsene Wenger would want to bring in a striker who can play with as well as instead of Olivier Giroud. Loic Remy has the adaptability to fill both roles.
In the international friendly between France and Paraguay, Giroud started as a central striker with Remy cutting in from the left wing. The two forwards showed intelligent link-up play on several occasions and demonstrated a capacity to combine effectively in the final third.
According to David Kent's report in the Daily Mail, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that Loic Remy could move this summer for as little as £8 million.
When Remy negotiated the deal that took him to Rangers, he ensured he could get away in the event of their relegation.
According to Redknapp, that clause still stands:
I don't see (Loic) Remy wanting to come back and play. He's talking about playing Champions League somewhere.
I wouldn't know what he'll do, but I think he's got a buy-out clause which is at a reasonable level.
Not much more than we paid for him.
Arsenal have plenty of transfer business to conduct this summer. As well as a centre-forward, they need a goalkeeper, a centre-back, a right-back and a defensive midfielder.
Given that extensive shopping list, signing a player of Remy's quality for such a reasonable fee is a hugely appealing prospect.
The Right Age
Loice Remy is 27 years old. He is arriving at the peak of his powers.
Arsenal do not need another young centre-forward to play apprentice to Olivier Giroud. They already have one of those in the gangly shape of Yaya Sanogo. The Gunners need someone who is ready to hit the ground running, and Remy certainly fits the bill.
Do you believe in omens? If you do, then signing a French forward who plays with the No. 14 on his back can be no bad thing.
That's the shirt that Thierry Henry wore during his first spell with Arsenal. If Remy could replicate half of Henry's feats at the club, he'd be regarded as a tremendous success.
It would require a huge step up from Remy, but he has the raw attributes required to make the necessary improvements.