But Manchester United coach Philip Neville believes Chelsea got themselves a steal, and that Arsenal will end up missing out.
Chelsea have signed the striker on a four-year deal after agreeing an £8 million fee with QPR, although many observers can’t quite believe how he ended up at Stamford Bridge.
Firstly, a move to Liverpool was very much on the cards until the French international rather unexpectedly failed a medical on Merseyside – a situation which riled QPR boss Harry Redknapp.
Perhaps more bizarrely, however, was that Remy didn’t move to Chelsea’s London-based rivals Arsenal after Wenger had reportedly tracked him for so long.
Arsenal have long been short of numbers up-front, and the recent injury to Olivier Giroud has left supporters scratching their heads once more as the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo has been tasked with leading the line.
A move to the Emirates certainly made sense for all parties. Arsenal’s loss, however, is certainly Chelsea’s gain as Neville writes on Twitter:
Remy looks at steal at 8m for Chelsea surprised arsenal didn't get him earlier!— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) agosto 31, 2014
The 27-year-old striker will add another dimension up-front for Chelsea, and will apply pressure to Diego Costa for a spot in the starting line-up (although on current form, Costa looks pretty safe!).
Last season, while on loan at Newcastle United, Remy netted an impressive 14 Premier League goals in 26 appearances – finishing in tenth spot in the 2013/14 top scorers chart.