Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Loic who's looking on at the Emirates

When Loic Remy took up compatriot Bacary Sagna's invitation to sit in his executive box at the Emirates to take in Arsenal's victory over West Brom on Sunday, he must surely have known it would give fresh life to transfer rumours that have been bubbling under for a while. Needless to say, our loan striker is now being heavily linked with a summer move to the Gunners - even if his chum Sagna may well be on his way out.

Even if we had both the will and the finances (the former likely, the latter not), our prospects of signing Remy on a permanent basis would be slim given the interest his goalscoring exploits have aroused, and choosing Arsenal over us would be a no-brainer. The deal would make perfect sense for the Gunners, too, who are overly reliant on Olivier Giroud, a player who has regularly found the net this season but can't offer the sort of pace and mobility that Remy would bring.

As I argued of Demba Ba, we would have no grounds for complaint if Remy were to decide to seek his fortune in London rather than stay on Tyneside. On the contrary, he deserves to be thanked for his considerable efforts in hauling a sputtering, otherwise goalshy side to a top-half finish and sent on his way with our very best wishes.

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