Arsenal should have signed Loic Remy

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Monday 5th August 2013 won't be a date that rings many bells for Arsenal fans.

But that could be the date that Arsenal's fate in the Premier League title race was sealed. It could be the date that ended any hope they had of finishing top of the world's most watched football competition.

That's because it was the day that Loic Remy joined Newcastle United.

The French striker was available for next to nothing after Queens Park Rangers urgently tried to shift unwanted high-earners following their relegation to the Championship.

Eventually signing for Newcastle on a season-long loan, Remy has gone on to inspire the Magpies to wins against Chelsea and Tottenham.

With eight goals in the Premier League so far, Remy is just one behind Luis Suarez, who Arsene Wenger so desperately wanted to sign in the summer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal continue to wrap their only recognised striker Olivier Giroud in cotton wool, knowing the only alternative to the Frenchman is Nicklas Bendtner, who seems more interested in breaking windows than scoring goals.

Although Giroud has been excellent, he is running on fumes having started every Premier League and Champions League game so far this season.

It's left Arsenal fans counting down the days to the January transfer window, where they hope Wenger will pull another Mesut Ozil-esque signing out of the bag.

But clubs will be less willing to let their star players go in January and Arsenal will find it tough to locate and negotiate a deal for a quality striker in 31 days.

It defies belief that Arsenal didn't try to sign Remy from QPR in the summer. Busy chasing after pipe dreams like Suarez, Newcastle snuck in a signed potentially the bargain buy of the summer.

If Remy continues his great form, he'll give Newcastle a terrific boost and, if QPR bounce back to the Premier League gives them an excellent chance of staying up.

Even if they don't get promoted, they will have a top striker on their books that will command a substantial transfer fee.

Meanwhile Arsenal are left sweating every time Giroud goes down and continue to retain the faint hope that someone of significance can be brought in in the January transfer window.

It's now the case that Arsenal's hopes of staying top of the Premier League is solely reliant on the form and fitness of Giroud.

If he gets injured or his purple patch disappears, Arsenal will be left without a spearhead in their attack. They'll be left looking north, not just in the table - as their rivals overtake them - but to St James' Park as well, where one of the best strikers in the league carries on scoring for fun.

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