Loic Remy provided a tantalising tease for next season when he was pictured at Arsenal on Sunday. Sat in the stands at the Emirates, the Frenchman was perhaps the most interesting thing about Arsenal's win over West Brom. The game itself was a bit of a nonevent -- Arsenal were already secure in fourth, while West Brom played as if they thought they were safe and the sun made it a nice afternoon.
The post-match lap of appreciation grates; we've had them for years but everything in the Premier League must now have a name. Who is appreciating whom? Just let the players out afterwards to say thanks. Less song and dance, please. I liked the event turning into a plea from the fans begging and chanting for Bacary Sagna to stay; however, I don't think he will.
Afterwards, Arsene Wenger reaffirmed that he will be at the Emirates next season but laughed off questions on Remy. The Arsenal manager joked he hoped Remy paid for his ticket and insisted he hadn't invited him. There was no need for Remy to pay his way, though, as he was in Sagna's executive box.
A player set to be leaving after becoming disaffected and wanting a new challenge wasn't probably an ideal host for Remy. But who couldn't be moved by the fans' chants to Sagna? I think Remy would be good for Arsenal, especially if he has a 10 million-pound buyout clause from his QPR contract.
He's not world-class but has proved at Newcastle he can score goals and is made for the Premier league. He's quick, strong and creative. He's different to Olivier Giroud, can play off him, play with him and instead of him. He's also got lightning pace, which contrasts with Giroud's style.
Remy can make runs for Mesut Ozil to look for and stretch defences, but Arsenal need two strikers as they've been short this season and Nicklas Bendtner is leaving on a free. As Wenger looks to rebuild and improve the squad, Remy looks a great fit. Hopefully for Arsenal, if Sagna's saga hasn't put him off, the Emirates experience would help persuade him to sign.
By the way, Giroud scored his 22nd goal of the season; he may have some flaws but that's a great return. Arsenal, with the right additions, have got the makings of a good strike force, which has been the problem all season.