54-goal former Arsenal striker: Don't sign Berbatov, sign.......?

Loic Remy

Charlie Nicholas has urged Arsene Wenger to stay clear of the former Tottenham attacker, and look to Loic Remy instead.

Arsenal search for a new striker is gathering pace in the media with the January transfer window open for business, with plenty of names linked with a switch to Arsenal.

With Theo Walcott also sidelined with injury to add to Arsene Wenger’s woes, there is every chance the current Premier League leaders could dip into the market this month.

The north Londoners have been linked with a move for Dimitar Berbatov as a short-term fix, but one former Gunner is not convinced.

Charlie Nicholas has been vocal in his disdain over the potential for ex-Tottenham forward Berbatov heading to the Emirates Stadium.

"Without being disrespectful to Berbatov, however, he isn’t the sort of player who is going to make a difference in the final third for Arsenal,” the Scot stated.

"Three years ago I would have been in favour of signing him as, at that point, he was very much a player who could produce something special in the final third.

"I know he’s still capable of a moment of magic but he is having less and less impact on games and he’s at that stage where he’ll struggle to find many top-flight clubs wanting him.

"Rather than winning a move to a bigger club, I’d imagine if Berbatov was to secure a £2m this month it would most certainly be to a club from the middle of the table down to the bottom end."

However, Nicholas has pinpointed another Premier League striker that he feels could fit the bill – but not until the summer.

Loic Remy has been mightily impressive while on loan at Newcastle from QPR, and the retired attacker has urged Wenger to look to the France international.

"Unfortunately, he’s not available for transfer this month because he’s currently loaned out to Newcastle United from QPR, but he’s someone Arsenal could sign in the summer and I think £10m for him would be a great piece of business,” Nicholas continued.

"He doesn’t need to start every week or be your main striker – but the guy will score goals. He’s already proven he can and he’d get so many chances playing for Arsenal.

"I honestly believe he could be a revelation for the Gunners."

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