Arsenal could be set to make a January transfer move for Marseille striker Loic Remy. That's according to a report from Martin Hardy of UK newspaper, The Independent.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a host of forwards during the winter transfer window. Those links make sense, considering Arsenal have struggled with inconsistency in attack all season.
The problem hasn't been one of talent, it's been about identifying the right combination of strikers. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have both attempted to become the focal point of Arsenal's forward line.
Their attempts to lead the attack through the middle, have yielded as many failures as successes. Wenger has also tried Lukas Podolski and Gervinho as leaders of his attack. Podolski hasn't really been given a long enough stint in a central position, despite being arguably the club's best finisher.
Gervinho meanwhile, started very brightly in the role. Starting through the middle seemed to expand his range of movement and improve the overall flow of Arsenal's game.
However, as has often been the case with the Ivory Coast forward, chronic inconsistency soon crept back into Gervinho's game. Since scoring five early goals, the ex-Lille star has sunk back into indecision and lethargy.
Arsenal need greater firepower and a more consistent attacking outlet if they hope to get back into the top four. A lack of composure and continuity up front has seen Wenger's team held scoreless in six games this campaign, including five English Premier League contests.
That is very un-Wenger like and without a reliable foil for their intricate passing, Arsenal's game has become static and clueless. There's simply too much sideways possession and not enough imagination and flair.
Remy could change that, simply because he fits the mould of a classic Wenger forward. He is a speedy striker who varies his runs in and around the box.
The 26-year-old is the kind of cat-quick attacker who can pounce on clever through passes from the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere. Remy is also an assured and quality finisher when given a run at goal.
The France international's arrival would boost Arsenal's squad and provide some optimism among grumbling fans. However, a quick transition to Premier League life might not be so straightforward.
Remy has not been his prolific best so far this season. He has netted a mere three goals from just nine appearances. Despite his lack of action, Remy can still offer Arsenal what they need.
Wenger's style of play works best with a pacey central striker. The Marseille misfit's compatibility with that style and Wenger's history of reviving struggling stars, could make Remy a key signing.114819