Ahead of Arsenal's trip to France to play Marseille in the Champions
League on Wednesday night, we investigate the threat that striker Loic Remy - a forward compared in style to Thierry Henry - will pose to the Premier League club.
Player: Loic Remy
Date of birth: January 2, 1987
Place of birth: Rillieux-la-Pape, France
Height: 1.84m (6ft ½ in)
Current club: Olympique Marseille
Former clubs: Lyon, Lens and Nice
| Background: Didier Deschamps, the Marseille coach, has described Loic Remy as a "young professional who is fast and powerful with huge potential". He will hope Arsenal discover just how fast and powerful Remy is when the English side visit the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday. |
While Marseille have won one and drawn six games out of 10 in Ligue 1, they been a more reliable lot in winning their opening two group matches of the Champions League against Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund.
Having been was linked with a move to Liverpool, he arrived at Marseille from Nice for a fee of 14 million euros (£12.5m) 14 months ago.
It was of minimal surprise to see him compared to Henry due to his pace and imposing physical attributes that help him to glide rather than bulldoze past opposing defenders.
He snagged 15 goals for Nice after being signed for around eight million euros in 2008, and almost scored on his debut for France against Nigeria after hitting the crossbar for the national side in a 1-0 loss to Nigeria.
With Laurent Blanc deciding to focus on youth after France's appalling appearance at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, Remy has progressed to earn 15 caps with Les Bleus while scoring three goals.
We studied his movements in Marseille's most recent Champions League and Ligue 1 matches - nights of contrasting fortunes.
|Analysis: (from Marseille 3-0 Borussia Dortmund on September 28 at Stade Velodrome) |
6' - Remy and Valbuena exchange a one-two down the right wing, but by the time the pass is played Remy is offside. Just.
12'- Great feet from Remy. The striker flicks the ball past a number of challenges down the left before cutting inside and looking to shoot. Subotic is across to get the block in.
21'- Remy involved as Marseille take the lead. Remy plays provider for Andre Ayew who fires a left-footed shot into the net.
49'- Superb footwork from Remy who bursts down the right flank and skips past two challenges before pulling the ball back to Lucho six yards from goal. The Argentina player can't take control of the ball and runs it out of play.
62'- Remy scores Marseille's second goal of the night. Hummels fails to clear a long ball and heads it straight into the path of Remy, who takes one touch on his chest before volleying into the bottom right-hand corner.
68'- Remy wins a penalty after being barged to the ground by Kehl before Ayew tucks away the third of the night for Marseille.
72'- Remy is replaced by Jordan Ayew to a standing ovation.
Analysis: (from Toulouse 0-0 Marseille on October 15 at Stade Municipal)
9' - Remy caught offside at the far post as a cross comes in.
32' - Aymen Abdennour dispossesses Remy on the Marseille left - he has done a good job of shackling the forward.
51' - Gathers the ball on the left, cuts onto his right foot and crosses to the far post - it goes beyond everybody.
56' - Heads weakly at goal from a Morel cross, and the goalkeeper gathers easily.
62' - Having looked isolated up front, Remy is replaced by Jordan Ayew.