Loic Remy was at Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal beat West Brom 1-0 in the Premier League. Find out why the QPR striker was there here.
Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy was in the crowd at Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal defeat West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday, with the Daily Mirror reporting that he was a guest of Gunners stalwart Bacary Sagna.
The French forward has spent the past season on loan at Newcastle United, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists in his 26 appearances for the Magpies.
If QPR are unable to pay his wages due to their financial issues, a move to a bigger club could be on the cards this summer.
When asked by the Daily Star if Arsenal had made a transfer bid, QPR manager Harry Redknapp admitted it would be tough to keep the 27 year-old at Loftus Road.
“I don’t know the answer to that to be honest,” said Redknapp.
“I think he must have a buyout clause. I would imagine he has a buyout clause but I don’t know how much.”
“I would think it’ll be difficult to keep him but I don’t know.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said after the game that he had not made an offer for Remy, and didn’t know why the France international was at the game.
“Honestly, I’ve just been informed that Loic Remy was here and I didn’t know,” Wenger told reporters after the match.
“So don’t see any sign of us signing Remy [from that]. I hope he paid for his ticket! I did not invite him.”
With Remy having been revealed as a guest of Sagna’s, it casts further doubt about the Arsenal defender’s future.
While both French players are known to be friends, Sagna is out of contract at the end of the season and it would be a surprise if he were recruiting Remy to sign with the Gunners.
Still, he would be a good acquisition for Arsenal if a move did come to fruition.
Remy possesses the strength to play with his back to goal, as well as the the pace to run in behind.
Those attributes would make him both a good lone frontman and a worthy partner for Olivier Giroud up front, while he is also capable of playing on either wing.
Remy has also scored in matches against Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur this season, while of the top seven teams in the Premier League, Giroud has only found the back of the net against Spurs.
If Remy does have an affordable release clause, his clear aptitude for Premier League football might make him a safer signing than some of the big name strikers linked with a transfer to Emirates Stadium – if, of course, Arsenal are actually interested in him.