Earlier this week, Jose Mourinho claimed that Chelsea were finished in the transfer market and that he was “happy” with the squad he had.
Arsene Wenger was saying similar things about Arsenal and wasn’t going to be pressured in to bringing in a new striker, despite their first choice striker, Oliver Giroud, being ruled out with injury until 2015.
QPR’s Loic Remy had a release clause of £10.5m and reports suggested that Arsenal were keen to sign him, despite interest from Chelsea.
However, it was confirmed today that Chelsea have won the race to sign the striker.
“I feel very happy and very proud to have signed for Chelsea,” Remy said. “They are one of the best clubs in the world and I can’t wait to get started, training and playing with my new team-mates, when I get back from international duty with France.”
Following Arsenal’s draw with Leicester, Wenger claimed the issue wasn’t whether Arsenal needed a player or not, but whether they could find the right one. He claimed the club were “open” to signing a striker. When asked specifically about Remy, Wenger claimed that he “didn’t want to talk about individual cases” but insisted that Arsenal are “very active”.
It makes you wonder why Arsenal didn’t move for Remy until the last minute. This leaves Arsenal with Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell, Lukas Podolski and Alexis Sanchez as their options for up front as it stands.