Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy over a summer move, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The 27 year old who is contracted to the west London club until 2017, spent the previous campaign on loan with Newcastle United, where he impressed despite the club’s mixed fortunes in the Premier League. He managed to chalk up 14 goals in 24 starts for the St James’ Park outfit and has found himself as one of the hottest properties in the top flight as the transfer window approaches.
According to the report, a source close to the Frenchman has revealed that he has already started discussions with Arsenal and Liverpool. The former Marseille man wants to play in the Champions League next season and both the Reds and the Gunners can offer him that chance. He has been selected in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup and will look to impress potential suitors.
The Gunners were linked with a move for Remy in the January transfer window and now look to renew their interest as they look to bolster their squad for next year’s title challenge. The striker was seen watching Arsenal’s Premier League game against West Brom at the Emirates on May 4th, but Arsene Wenger denied he had anything to do with his attendance.
Remy is a mobile player who offers a great 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, as QPR have deployed Remy wide on the right on more than one occasion and can play in any position across the front three.
He has already proven himself in England and has been most dangerous when running directly toward goal down the inside-right channel of the attack. He would be a great signing, as he will give the Gunners some much needed depth. He would allow Wenger to rest Giroud or Walcott and still leave his team with a great target at the top of the attack. He is someone more than capable of finishing what Arsenal’s creative midfield can conjure up.
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His arrival would not necessarily transform Arsenal into title-challengers as they still need a big name striker, but it would provide depth and options in the final third. Remy is known to have qualities similar to Henry and although he is just a mere shadow of Theirry, a shadow of greatness is still something worth having.
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