Arsenal urged to sign long-term striker target by club hero

Arsene Wenger must sign a striker to replace Olivier Giroud, with QPR‘s Loic Remy the best option available, according to Arsenal hero Ray Parlour.

It was confirmed yesterday that the Gunners’ main forward will not play again in 2014 after breaking his leg late on in the 2-2 draw with Everton over the weekend, which has left the Londoners short on options in the final third.

Alexis Sanchez has been dubbed as the most likely replacement, but with the Chilean far from being a physical presence there may be added responsibility for Yaya Sanogo – who is yet to score a league goal for the London club.

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Parlour believes that even before Giroud’s injury his old side needed more cover, and that now a move for Remy is potentially the only viable option for Wenger so late in the transfer window:

“[Wenger] needed to strengthen even before Giroud [was ruled out],” he told talkSPORT.

“Remy is probably the only option. He is not a lot of money in this day and age. You can get him for about £8million.

“Newcastle fans will tell you that, on his day, he is a very good finisher and top player. Maybe he is the man they go for. They need back-up.

“You look at Manchester City and they are so much stronger [in the striking department]. That is the difference between a side that is going to try and go a long way in the Champions League and win the Premier League than probably Arsenal in the moment.”

Remy almost joined Liverpool earlier this summer, but the deal was scuppered as he failed a medical with the Merseyside club.

The 27-year-old has an £8.5m release clause in his contract for teams in Champions League action.

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