QPR’s Loic Remy is reportedly a target for both Liverpool and Arsenal, which makes sense after the Frenchman’s productive season on loan at Newcastle.
Remy is set to move on from the London club later this summer, with QPR said to be asking for a fee in the region of £12 million. But which of the two Premier League clubs would suit the former Marseille forward?
In truth, Remy would be a good addition at either club. Both Liverpool and Arsenal likely have similar plans for the Frenchman, using him to bolster their attacks but not to arrive as a first-choice centre-forward. For now, Luis Suarez is Liverpool’s star striker, with Daniel Sturridge taking on a lot of the scoring responsibility too. At Arsenal, the club are in need of quick goal scorers, but have seemingly promised fans a star signing at centre-forward this summer.
Liverpool’s need is obvious: they need depth in attack – and all over the pitch – if they’re to be successful next season. The demands of the Champions League necessitate the signing of players who can come into the team and offer something instantly. Whether Remy is used much in Europe or not, his return of 14 goals this past season indicates he’d be a very good rotation option when two league games are separated by trips across Europe.
Arsenal are slightly less straightforward. While they could certainly do with a player like Remy, his signing would negate the need for Lukas Podolski. Olivier Giroud will stay on, despite stories of a possible exit after problems surrounding his personal life, and Remy would be an option either on the left wing or in place of his international colleague through the middle.
What also complicates matters is Arsenal’s apparent interest in Carlos Vela, who can be had for just over £3 million. Both the Mexican and Remy offer similar qualities while being able to play in more than one position across the front three. If Arsenal are to sign one, the Real Sociedad forward makes the most sense at around £10 million less. A deal for both players would suggest Arsene Wenger has given up once again on signing a world-class striker. Considering how bitter the relationship between him and supporters became towards the end of this season, missing out on a top striker isn’t really something Wenger can afford to do.
Remy would be a good addition at Arsenal, but he’s one of a few options who appear to be available to the club this summer. Simply put, there’s nothing that makes Remy stand out from the rest of the good-but-not-spectacular forward targets this summer.
It’s different for Liverpool. They have a big-name forward. What they need now are additions. The market to them also may not be as wide as what Arsenal have to pick from. Champions League football does come in to play, but we’ve seen nothing yet to suggest Liverpool will be willing or capable of spending what Arsenal can. Furthermore, Liverpool’s major area of address is defensive midfield and most of the back four. Picking up Remy for a fee of around £12 million is very good business, allowing for the rest of the budget to be spent on defensive acquisitions.
Arsenal have other priorities. Remy won’t turn this team into title-winners, and that’s what Arsenal need at this time. Players like Karim Benzema should be top of the list.
Despite the fact that he’d be a good addition for both clubs, Liverpool makes the most sense as Remy’s destination this summer.