When Loic Remy was plying his trade with Marseille in France he was frequently linked to Arsenal largely due to his similar playing style to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. When he eventually came to England, it was part of Queen Park Ranger’s trolley dash of signings in January, 2013 as part of their bid to avoid relegation. He had rejected Newcastle in the process by making the switch to West London. Following Queens Park Rangers relegation to the Championship in May 2013, he was loaned to Newcastle where he spent one year scoring 14 league goals in the process.
Though his parent club are now back in the Premier League Remy has been continuously linked away from Loftus Road and as it is the case most of the time, he has been linked to Arsenal with report claiming that his wage demands is holding up any deal from being made. A repeat of his choice of Queen Park Rangers over Newcastle 18 months ago.
However, another twist as come into the scene with North London rivals now reportedly interested in signing him. In light of this development, can Arsenal sway him in choosing the Emirates over White Hart Lane?
Firstly, it must be considered that the mind of a footballer is different from the way the normal mind of everyday worker works, Jan Vertonghen said he turned down Arsenal to join Spurs in 2012 for the reason that he might not play and that Arsene Wenger wanted to play him in midfield, and there is Kelvin Mirallas of Everton, who also swapped Olympiacos for Everton in 2012 when he had Arsenal as a choice for similar reasons stated above. They do not always look at a club who gives the best opportunities to win trophies, but rather one where they will play regularly.
This brings the link of Loic Remy to Spurs into focus. Though Arsenal has the French contingent that would sway him to join the club, together with the opportunity of joining a club that will guarantee him Champions League football and the chance to fight for trophies, his mentality would eventually play a part in his decision.
All the tools are at the Emirates for him to write himself into legendary status in football terms, but can the same player who turned down Newcastle for Queens Park Rangers because of increased wages when the latter club were doom to relegation be really cornered by Arsenal if those at Highbury House really wants him at the expense of another club?
There are players who prefer to toll the path of mediocrity by settling for the average. Although, Arsenal can get him at the expense of Spurs if it wants to, who can say Loic Remy will not choose the path of mediocrity as he did when he joined QPR. It remains to be seen how this pans out.