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Arsenal Set to Sign £11m Striker Called “New Thierry Henry”: Is He That Good?

by Steven Constable

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Arsene Wenger draws close to snapping up a new Emirates striker.

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Sports News - February 04, 2009

Loic Remy wants Arsenal move
Nice forward Loic Remy has called on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to make a fresh move for him this summer.

According to the Sun, Wenger failed to sign the 23-year-old in January, but it is thought a renewed £11 million offer will prove successful when the next transfer window opens.
“Arsenal are the club I want to join. I won’t deny they are my priority,” said Remy, who has been advised to link up with Wenger by Thierry Henry.

“Arsenal are a young, ambitious side and I love to watch them play.
“It is the ideal place for me. I spoke with Thierry about them and asked him lots of questions about life there.
“That is because I have been an Arsenal fan since I was little. I was not disappointed with what he told me.” (Daily Telegraph)

Its more often a curse than a blessing to be dubbed the “New Anything” be it Messi/Henry/Torres and Loic Remy’s ability to be a fraction of the player Thierry Henry has been is yet to be known. There is no doubt the Emirates target has shown glimpses of quality at unfashionable Nice but he is still yet to show anything like as prolific a strike rate at TH14.

At 23 the French international would have probably hoped to have achieved more than he has but the powerfully built forward has come a long way since his stuttering time at Lyon and he shows signs of being able to take that step upwards.

Arsene Wenger is a fan of Remy but will not be forced into paying over the odds for a player with just one international cap to his name and if a fee of around £11m can be agreed then it is reported that a deal will be struck and Arsenal will then find themselves with another attacking option to turn to.

The north London club suffered a mini crisis earlier this season when all their recognised strikers were out injured but luckily Nicklas Bendtner has struck a run of fine form that has helped the Gunners to get back into the title hunt and pursue a Champions League push.

If Remy does indeed secure a move to Arsenal he may well find it hard to force his way up the pecking order with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Eduardo, the aforementioned Bendtner as well as youngsters Carlos Vela and Sanchez Watt.

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