Arsenal are in the market for striking reinforcements in this summer transfer window and the Gunners have been touted to be hot on the heels of many strikers. Of the lot, there are two Frenchmen; Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and QPR’s Loic Remy. Who should Wenger go for between both men since it is almost impossible that Wenger will splash out on both of them.
Benzema despite claiming he is happy at the Bernabeu, he could be sacrificed in the summer as Los Blancos attempt to make a big money move for Liverpool’s striker Luis Suarez. A big money move for Suarez would require a big sacrifice at Real Madrid to raise the money to fund a move for the Uruguayan. Just like they sacrificed Ozil to land Bale last summer, they might have to sacrifice Benzema this summer to land Suarez. This simply means Arsenal stand a good chance of landing him with their new found financial stability.
Remy on the other hand is almost certain to leave to QPR despite the fact that the London side has made a swift return back to the Premier League after just a season stint in the Championship but Remy has set his sights on bigger things (Champions League football). If Newcastle and Spurs don’t have what it takes to lure Remy, then QPR stand no chance of keeping him at all. According to reports credited to QPR manager Harry Redknapp, the Frenchman could be available for between 8-10Million Pounds. That would certainly interest Wenger because the Frenchman would certainly jump at quality for a reduced fee if it is available.
With both men available and Arsenal having the financial might to pursue the interest, who should Arsenal go for? I believe Wenger should go for Remy. For the success of the team, Remy looks the better fit. He is versatile enough to complement Giroud in a 4-3-3 formation by playing on the wings and can also play through the centre. The good thing is that should Wenger change his mind and switch to 4-4-2 formation, Remy and Giroud would form a good tack team.
The understanding they have shown so far for Les Bleus in their friendlies ahead of the World Cup shows that both men could hit the ground running for Arsenal. Unlike that thriving understanding that exist between Giroud and Remy, what exist between Giroud and Benzema is nothing to write home about. Instead of complementing each other, both men are direct competitors and I doubt if Benzema’s ego would allow him play back-up to Giroud should he suffer a little slump in form.
As Arsenal attempt to bolster the squad, Wenger must make sure the team spirit is kept intact. We cannot afford to toy with it by bringing in a player who would have a larger than life character that would cause unrest in the team.