The Frenchman was brought to English football by ‘Arry back in 2013 as the Super Hoops battled against relegation, and was eventually sold on – he spent last term on loan at Newcastle – at the start of the current campaign.
Liverpool had pulled the plug on a swoop for him, but as the transfer deadline ticked ever closer, Arsenal and Chelsea remained keen on his signature.
Remy eventually picked the now Premier League leaders, but his switch hasn’t been the dream he may have hoped for.
Fellow arrival Diego Costa has played the lion’s share of the minutes up front for Jose Mourinho’s side, limiting the former Marseille ace to 20 showings all season – the majority of which have been from the bench.
Redknapp has revealed that both Arsenal and Chelsea were vying for Remy, and that he believes the player made the wrong decision:
“I got a phone call on the Saturday before the transfer window shut saying that he had done a deal with Chelsea. Arsenal were in for him as well, we had Arsenal and Chelsea trying to sign him and he chose Chelsea,” he told The Telegraph.
“I was surprised he went to Chelsea, I thought he’d go to Arsenal. I could see Arsenal, but I couldn’t really see Chelsea because I thought “he’s not going to play there”.
“It’s a waste really, it’s a bit of a waste of a real Premier League goalscorer. I don’t know what persuaded him to be number two at Chelsea. I thought Arsenal, where he would have played more, would be his move at the time.”