Marouane Chamakh has finally admitted that the frustration of playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie could see him seek a move at the end of the season.
Signing on a free from Bordeaux before the start of last season, the lanky attacker looked to have been a very canny bit of business by Arsene Wenger. Not only was he amongst the goals, but his link up play (and ability to win dodgy penalties) initially proved very useful in the absence of the likes of Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner.
Nevertheless, having surrendered his starting place to the Dutchman at the start of 2011 the Moroccan has been pretty much confined to the substitutes bench ever since. Offered playing time at the death of games and playing like death in both the Champions League and Carling Cup the striker appears to have finally realised that life in N5 requires more than a pot of wet look gel.
“I will not leave in January. The important decision is in June. I’m 27. I need to play, I cannot stay like this forever.”
“One cannot accept this competition with a player like Van Persie.”
“Return to France? If so, it will be to Bordeaux. I have a bond to that club.”
While many Arsenal fans would happily see Arsenal swap Chamakh for a new face in January. Arsene Wenger has already admitted that the player’s international commitments would scupper any move in the New Year.
“I is difficult to loan him now because of the African Nations Cup,” he said two weeks ago. “They come back in February, usually quite tired, so it is not easy.
“They need to go out two weeks before the tournament starts then it lasts two and a half weeks, then they need two weeks’ recovery. So it is six weeks.”
It would appear the translation should read “One can only accept competition with a player like Robin”…thanks for the correction.