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Loic Remy told he should have joined Arsenal

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Former QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that he thought French international Loic Remy was heading to Arsenal last summer. 

As reported by the Telegraph, Redknapp has admitted that he was surprised by the 28-year-old's decision as he opted for a move to work under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. 

Surprise move 

After producing the goods on a consistent basis for the Hoops last term, Remy moved to Stamford Bridge in August despite being in contact with Arsenal, as claimed by Redknapp. 

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However, at Chelsea, Remy has failed to hold down a regular role in the starting XI, but looks set to secure his first Premier League title in his debut season at the club. 

Redknapp, though, believes he made the wrong decision last year, and believes that he is wasted at Chelsea. 

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"I got a phone call on the Saturday before the transfer window shut saying that he had done a deal with Chelsea," Redknapp told the Telegraph.

"Arsenal were in for him as well, we had Arsenal and Chelsea trying to sign him and he chose Chelsea.

"I was surprised he went to Chelsea, I thought he'd go to Arsenal. I could see Arsenal, but I couldn't really see Chelsea because I thought 'he's not going to play there'.

"It's a waste really, it's a bit of a waste of a real Premier League goalscorer. I don't know what persuaded him to be number two at Chelsea. I thought Arsenal, where he would have played more, would be his move at the time."

Remy, of course, may well take centre stage for the Blues on Sunday as he return to Loftus Road for the first time since leaving the club, and he will no doubt be determined to make his mark on his old stomping ground. 

Redknapp is right 

To an extent, Redknapp is right; after all, Remy was always going to be playing backup to Diego Costa at the Bridge, while he may have stood a better chance of breaking into the Gunners team with Olivier Giroud direct competition. 

In truth, though, despite his struggles, you can hardly blame him, and he may well land the league title sooner rather than later. And with Costa struggling on the injury scene, Remy may well have a key role to play in the run in, so he may yet prove his credentials at the club. 

His talents certainly aren't completely wasted at the Bridge, but he'd have most certainly starred more often in north London. 

Arsenal fans: Would Remy even get in your side? Chelsea fans: Has Remy been a good signing? Have your say in the comments section below!

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