Arsene Wenger has conceded that Marouane Chamakh and Ju Young Park have not played enough football this season and hinted that he’ll offload both in the summer if suitable deals can be done.
The Moroccan and South Korean ‘strikers’ have been reduced to little more than benchwarming duty since the start of last season following in the bumprints of Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela who were subjected to similar treatment last term.
It is believed that all four players are available to potential suitors, although their respective long(ish)-term contracts and big(ish) pay packets appear to be major stumbling blocks to permanent moves.
Speaking to the media this morning about his plans for the summer, the boss revealed: “That is a situation we have not sorted out yet but we will do that, of course, at the end of the season.
“They need opportunities to play and some players didn’t get enough opportunities here during the season. We will try to give them an opportunity to play if they get the chance somewhere else.”
In fairness to Bendtner and Vela, they’ve both proved in recent months that given regular playing time, they are capable of putting the ball in the back of the onion bag even for less ‘fashionable’ teams. Perhaps, despite the fact they’ve been on the receiving end of constant fan jibes, both Chamakh and Park can do the same elsewhere…