According to quotes recently attributed to Jackson Martinez’s agent, Arsenal remain interested in the FC Porto front-man. But despite the Colombian netting 60 times in his last two seasons in Portugal, the Gunners would be smarter moving for Loic Remy, and here are three reasons why.
Remy knows the Premier League
That should not be underestimated, because Arsenal cannot afford to sign a striker who will take time bedding into a new league. They need a front-man who will hit the ground running and fire them on after last season’s FA Cup success.
Remy knows the league well, having previously played in it for both Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United. Whereas despite Martinez’s goal-record there are suggestions he will not be able to transfer that from Portugal to England.
With the Frenchman, there would be no such risk.
Remy reportedly wants Arsenal
The French international reportedly wants a move to the Emirates Stadium, while the suggestion is Martinez simply wants a move.
Recent quotes from his agent suggest that the Gunners have been joined by Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and a number of Italian clubs in the race for the Colombian. Remy on the other hand is reportedly holding out for a switch to Arsene Wenger’s side, which makes him a far better option.
Who wouldn’t want a quality front-man who actually wants to play for your club rather than one who is currently sounding out possible future destinations?
£23m could be spent elsewhere
Remy has a reported £10million release-clause in his contract, while Martinez’s is said to be a sizeable £33million. But in signing the cheaper option, Wenger would actually be taking less of a risk, while also having more to spend on other players – namely a new right-back and back-up goalkeeper.
In short, a Remy move looks like a no-brainer, but Wenger may have other ideas.