Many have speculated his time at Arsenal is coming to an end, what with the whole not scoring any goals thing and generally not being picked to play football very much, but Marouane Chamakh believes he’s still got what it takes to make it at Arsenal.
Casually throwing his Lacoste jumper across his shoulders, Chamakh leans back on the many cushions that lie behind him in this
crack den Moroccan restaurant. He takes a deep inhalation from his shisha pipe, closes his eyes and exhales deeply before speaking.*
“Am I going back to Bordeaux? For now, no. I have spoken to Wenger and I will stay at Arsenal. I think he trusts my work and I will have opportunities in the first team.”
Arriving at Arsenal in a blaze of free transfer glory, Chamakh impressed during his first months at the club, but it seems that Wenger didn’t quite do his research before making the signing.
While the former Bordeaux man certainly added an aerial threat, allowing for a plan B, it’s clear that during the battery of medical tests something was overlooked: to Marouane Chamakh, Robin van Persie is kryptonite. His usefulness is directly proportional to the skipper’s injury status.
When van Persie was out injured, Chamakh was pretty decent. Now that van Persie is fit, Chamakh has become the haunted ghost of playing Chris Whyte as a striker crossed with the gracelessness of Andrei Voronin after a 2 litre tankard of Russian Standard.
Yet he’s not deterred, determined to show his worth. Chamakh said, “I left Bordeaux to improve as a player and I think I can continue for this club. 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.”
However, with the imminent arrival of Lukas Podolski and the whole not scoring goals or getting picked thing, it seems that his future is out of his hands and it would be no surprise if he were moved on this summer.
* quotes from Onze magazine, not a Moroccan
crack den restaurant.