The Gunners are on the lookout for reinforcements up front after it emerged that Olivier Giroud will be out of action until December due to a broken leg. Remy, who was close to a move to Liverpool this summer before reportedly failing his medical, has been touted as a target for the Emirates club.
The former Arsenal midfielder believed Remy was a good option before Giroud’s injury and that now it is potentially the only viable option for Wenger so late in the transfer window.
Speaking to Talk Sport, he said:
[Wenger] needed to strengthen even before Giroud [was ruled out].
Remy is probably the only option. He is not a lot of money in this day and age. You can get him for about £8million.
Newcastle fans will tell you that, on his day, he is a very good finisher and top player. Maybe he is the man they go for. They need back-up.
You look at Manchester City and they are so much stronger [in the striking department]. That is the difference between a side that is going to try and go a long way in the Champions League and win the Premier League than probably Arsenal in the moment.
The 27 year old netted 14 goals on loan at Newcastle United last season and he is thought to be seeking a move to a club playing Champions League football.
The French striker has superb acceleration, likes to make runs off the shoulders of defenders and his pace means he finds himself in a lot of one-on-one situations with the opposing goalkeeper. He’s not bad in the air too, as quite a few of the goals he scores are with his head while he can play anywhere across the front three.
He would be a great 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 as they only won one game after the turn of the year without Remy in their starting line-up.
He 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, so he would at least be relatively cheap. However, there’s a potential problem because the last thing the Gunners need to cover for an injured striker is an injury-prone player.
Reports suggest that Remy’s move to Liverpool, which seemed set to go through earlier in the summer, fell through because of a failed medical and will surely set alarm bells ringing. He is a good striker, but not quite good enough to elevate Arsenal to the level they need to be at and even if Giroud was not injured, they needed a better option up front and Remy is at best of similar quality to his compatriot. Wenger seems happy with the striking options available to him, but time is running out for him to change his mind.
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