Arsene Wenger hints at interest in Newcastle striker Loic Remy

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to play down talk of a summer move for QPR striker Loic Remy, who is currently on loan at Newcastle United.

The Gunners have seen their title bid fall apart in the second half of the season, but look set to cling onto a top four spot despite pressure from Roberto Martinez's Everton. The Toffees lost on Saturday at the hands of Southampton, meaning Arsenal can open up a four point gap with a win over Newcastle United on Monday night.

But the visit of the Magpies tomorrow night sees Wenger's defence pitted against Newcastle's on-loan hitman Remy. The QPR loanee has enjoyed a fruitful season at St. James' Park, which could've been even better if he hadn't sustained a couple of niggling injuries along the way.

With 13 goals in all competitions, Remy is Newcastle's top scorer this season and the team frankly look devoid of any attacking impetus when he's out of the side. His impressive displays have not only made a place in France's World Cup squad all but a formality, but have also attracted interest from elsewhere, with Newcastle unable to offer Remy Champions League football.

This has led to reported interest from Arsenal, who will be looking to strengthen their strikeforce this summer. Olivier Giroud has struggled to carry the workload on his own, with Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo offering little in the way of support during the season.

The addition of former Marseille star Remy would add a different dimension to the Arsenal attack, with his pace in behind the defence a notable attribute that the Gunners don't currently have - and with his visit to the Emirates Stadium on the horizon, Wenger refused to play down speculation over a summer move.

"He is a good striker," said Wenger. "But we are focused on the end of the season, not on strikers."

Local rivals Tottenham have also been linked with a swoop for Remy, but with Champions League football on the table, Arsenal would surely be favourites over their neighbours - if Wenger does indeed decide to make a move for Remy this summer.

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