Arsenal are looking to buy a new striker in the January transfer window which means surely Marouane Chamakh’s career at Arsenal will be over. Already he has fallen down the pecking orders at the club, but another new striker would mean ”the end” for him at the Emirates.
But what led to this situation? Chamakh was bought from French club Bordeaux in 2010-11 season on a free transfer. In his first season at the club, he made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists. Not bad for a newcomer. But certainly Wenger expected more from him.
And there lies the biggest problem. The expectation was to0 high from the player – that player, who shouldn’t have been signed at the first place. On what basis Wenger bought him? OK, he was available on free but still the club has to pay him wages. He was never a huge goal scorer. In his eight seasons at the French club he has never scored 20 goals in all competitions, not to talk about scoring in the league. In fact, he has never scored more than 10 goals in the French league.
Still, he was looking good in the beginning at the new club. Then in February, he dropped this bombshell – “By the start of January I felt that I had completely lost my edge.”
That clearly suggests he couldn’t handle the rigours of the league. The next season, Arsenal had a mental pre-season where they lost two of the club’s best players. It was up to Robin van Persie to step up and boy he did wonders in some style. He went on to become the top goal scorer in the league and Chamakh remained under his shadow. He only made 19 appearances all season. The Moroccan international thought he would get more chances after the departure of Robin van Persie but such dreams dashed to ashes as Wenger lost complete faith on him and he didn’t give him a single start in the league this season.
Who is to blame here? The player didn’t apply to the need of the club while the manager could have kept some faith in him. In between, the future of the 28-year-old is covered with dark clouds only.