Chelsea get £8m steal, Neville surprised Arsenal didn't move earlier

Loic Remy

So Chelsea beat Arsenal to the signature of QPR's Loic Remy, although some say that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger just lost interest.

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:

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.

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