According to recent reports, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down a move for on-loan Newcastle striker Loic Remy.The long-standing manager has expressed his admiration for the on-loan Newcastle forward, but insists he won’t discuss a possible summer move until the end of the current season.
A poor move by the Frenchman? Without a doubt. Gooners across the country should be up in arms by now based on the Frenchman’s recent attitude towards transfer activity. He failed to add to the side in January and arguably this has cost his side a shot at title glory.
Olivier Giroud has harboured the majority of the Gunner’s attacking burden this season, but his form has stuttered in recent months and his performances have drawn an unhealthy, and somewhat unwarranted, level of criticism. The ex-Montpellier man is the club’s top scorer in all competitions, yet the Emirates faithful remain unsatisfied by the club’s attacking options – and rightly so.
Truth be told, Arsenal desperately need attacking reinforcements and Remy’s credentials make him an ideal signing. If his parent side, Queens Park Rangers, fail to achieve promotion this campaign, he will be itching for a move.
The Frenchman has been exceptional this season, a revelation in fact, despite playing in a Newcastle side that has largely failed to live up to expectations. The Toon made a fast start to the campaign with victories coming thick and fast, however, since the turn of the year they have won only four or their 16 Premier League fixtures.
In 24 appearances he has bagged himself an impressive 13 goals – a record of 0.54 strikes per match. If we compare this to the Gunner’s current options, Giroud and Yaya Sanogo – the latter is yet to score this season, it’s clear to see Remy is far more prolific.
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Having managed 63 attempts at goal, Remy has converted 20.6% of the time, whilst hitting the target from just under half of his chances. His compatriot has been less fruitful, scoring just 17.5% of his attempts.
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Giroud has been the more creative of the two players, nonetheless, a forward’s main objective should be finding the back of the net. Remy has further contributed to Newcastle’s season by creating 26 chances, assisting two of the club’s goals.
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His influence has been imperative and recent results have only helped to reinforce how big an impact he has on the team. During the period in which he was unavailable due to injury, the club scored just a single goal (in six matches).
It must be remembered that his season goal tally has been achieved playing with a considerably weaker midfield than that at Arsene Wenger’s disposal. Alongside the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla, Remy would have no trouble scoring 20-plus goals a season.
Should Arsene Wenger target Loic Remy this summer?