France were majestic last night as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Norway at the Stade de France. Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud scored twice on the night, and Gunners target Loic Remy added the third on 67 minutes and interestingly for onlooking Arsenal fans there were signs that both Giroud and Remy can play together while on the pitch.
Remy has been a target for Arsenal for a number of years now, even when he was doing his best for Marseille in Ligue 1. After spells at Queen’s Park Rangers, then the loan move to Newcastle United, now would be the perfect time for Arsenal to make a move for the France international.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp revealed that Remy would be available for £8 million despite his side winning promotion back to the Premier League at the weekend.
“I don't see (Loic) Remy wanting to come back and play,” said Redknapp. “He's talking about playing Champions League somewhere.”
“I wouldn't know what he'll do, but I think he's got a buy-out clause which is at a reasonable level.”
“Not much more than we paid for him.”
Any move from Arsenal would see Remy link-up with Giroud at the head of the Arsenal attack. Any doubts over whether they could play together were quashed last night after the excellent second-half performance from France.
Giroud was able to continue to play the role of target-man, and Remy was perfect making runs inbehind on the back of Giroud’s movement. The presence of the Arsenal man opened up space for Remy to escape through on goal only minutes after he made his entrance into the game.
Remy showed last night that he and Giroud can play together without the QPR man having to play in a wide role. This is encouraging for both Wenger and Didier Deschamps. Remy has been forced to play wide-right for France on a number of occasions, but he has never quite impressed in the role.
Having the freedom of the front-line brought the best out of Remy and it helped Giroud to have a partner. There is no reason that if it can work for France that it could work for Arsenal.