Whilst the majority of the talk concerning Arsenal’s prospective foraging in the transfer market has concerned incoming signings, there’s also a lot of work to be done in terms of outgoing sales. There are a number of player who clearly aren’t quite up to standard and it’s Arsene Wenger’s job to try and shift them at the best possible price.
Some of these players are going to be easier to sell than others. Bendtner has had a fairly productive time during his loan spell with Sunderland and has placed himself in the shop window effectively, whilst Real Sociedad are looking to make Carlos Vela’s loan deal permanent.
The Gunner’s chances of selling Marouane Chamakh have always looked a little more slight. That’s why I was surprised to hear of Bordeaux’s interest in re-signing their former star. The Moroccan forward left Bordeaux for Arsenal on a free signing back in the summer of 2010. After a bright start deputising well for the injured Robin Van Persie his form soon disappeared and he struggled eventually he struggled to get any game time whatsoever.
With Arsene Wenger preferring to adopt a 4-3-3 system, with the remarkable Robin Van Persie the furthest man forward Chamakh was always going to struggle to break into this team. Whilst Chamakh seems content to sit on the bench (speaking to French magazine Onze: “My agents have been ordered to reject bids that come from other clubs because I want to prove I can be useful for the Gunners,”) I can’t help but feel that it’d be better for both club and player if he were to move on.
Whilst his attitude is admirable, RVP’s form and Lukas Podolski’s arrival means that he just isn’t going to get a look in with the Gunners.
As luck would have it Bordeaux’s president Jean Louis Triaud has sounded out the Arsenal striker in an attempt to tempt him with a return to Ligue: “I have spoken with Marouane and told him that he is welcome at Bordeaux and that we still have room for him,” Triaud told RMC. “The main problem will be financial because he has tasted the salaries in England and Arsenal will ask for a fee.
“Chamakh has told me that if he was to return to France, it would be at Bordeaux.”
So why isn’t Chamakh and more importantly, Arsenal jumping at this opportunity? It’s another chance for the Moroccan to prove himself and a great opportunity for the Gunners to strike another ineffective player from their wage-bill.
Surely it’s time to thank Chamakh for his services and send him on his way?
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