Why Arsenal are right to shun striker's £80,000-per-week demands

Loic Remy

Arsenal's £10m move for Loic Remy could be in tatters after the Frenchman demanded £80,000 wages.

The Gunners saw their title challenge fall apart in the second half of the season, and whilst they won the FA Cup final with a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory, fans expected much more this summer - particularly in attack. Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has joined for £32m in a blockbuster deal, but he may play out wide for Arsenal - leaving them needing centre forward help still.

Olivier Giroud struggled to cope with the workload on his own last season, with Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo offering little in the way of help. Bendtner has now left the club and Sanogo remains one for the future, so it would be a huge shock if Arsenal didn't add another striker - and QPR's Remy appears to be the top target.

The former Marseille striker spent last season on loan with Newcastle United, and was one of the few shining lights for the Magpies, hitting 13 league goals to draw interest from the Gunners. The 27-year-old will certainly leave QPR this summer, and it seemed almost assured that it would be Arsenal to sign him after speculation last week suggested a deal was close.

However, reports today suggest that Remy has asked for wages of £80,000 per week, which Arsenal are refusing to pay, putting the whole deal in doubt - and Arsene Wenger's men are right to do so.

Remy represents what Arsenal need; he's got pace, he can get in behind defences - which Arsenal struggled to do last season - and he's been relatively prolific in the Premier League. That would certainly give Wenger's side a different dimension, but Remy isn't worth that much every week.

Remy turns 28 in January, which doesn't lend itself to many years of success - particularly for someone who relies on pace so much. The Frenchman is talented, but he should be a complimentary piece for Arsenal rather than the striking saviour. He doesn't have the reputation and star power of the likes of Mesut Ozil and the aforementioned Sanchez, so if Arsenal can find a striker who is more affordable than Remy, they should look to do it.

Factor in that Remy has struggled with niggling injuries for some time, and you begin to realise that he really isn't worth that kind of money, and they shouldn't be pandering to his every request at this point in the window. If he agrees to take a pay cut then he'd be a valuable option and alternative to Giroud, but if not then the Gunners should simply move on - which may frustrate Arsenal fans, but they must get the best deal for the club.

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