Arguably a deal Arsenal should have made back in the summer, many expected QPR’s Loic Remy to be at the epicentre of a transfer tug of war between the Premier League’s big boys after netting six goals in 14 appearances in the latter half of last season.
The former Marseille man found his way to Newcastle instead, where he’s spent the current campaign on a season-long loan.
Unsurprisingly, the 27 year-old has played a major role in pushing the Tyneside outfit towards Europa League qualificiation this season, producing a return of eleven goals in 21 appearances.
The prominent goal haul makes Remy the Premier League’s fifth-top scorer, bettering the efforts of Romelu Lukaku, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Alvaro Negredo.
The France international doesn’t offer too much in the way of open play; he’s averaged just 1.1 key passes and one successful dribble per match this season.
But he’s an incredible goal-scorer, with many of his goals coming from clinical one-touch finishes across a variety of ranges – last season’s piledriver against Wigan comes to mind – and Remy’s pace also allows him to operate as a left winger, giving the Gunners plenty of options in attack.
After a second strong Premier League campaign and with the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, it seems unlikely the Magpies striker will return to Loftus Road next season, even if QPR achieve promotion back to the top flight.
The Championship side will still expect a decent return on their original £8million investment however, and Arsenal won’t be the Frenchman’s only summer suitors.