Marouane Chamakh’s future at Arsenal may not be as clearly unclear as once thought.
The probable arrival of Olivier Giroud in addition to Lukas Podolski will certainly intensify competition for places up front, however a representative of Chamakh’s seems to think he might still have a future at the club:
The priority is Arsenal. If Van Persie leaves, he wants to stay. If Van Persie stays, he should certainly look elsewhere. If they take Giroud, he will be competing with him.
Gilles Grimandi then popped up on the scene to say this:
There will be a discussion between him and the coach about how he sees things. If he feels he can fight for a spot, there will be no problem to keep him with us. If he demands more playing time, it will be different. This is a discussion that he must have with Arsene.
Things have been awfully quiet on the Chamakh transfer front. Whilst Montpellier rejected outright the inclusion of Chamakh in the Giroud deal, there is now talk of them taking him on loan.
They’ve signed young Gaëtan Charbonnier from Ligue 2 as Giroud’s eventual replacement, but his lack of experience at the top level means they could probably use the services of a consistent Ligue 1 performer like Chamakh for a year. They’ve also got the Champions League to play in next season and will be looking to expand their squad a bit.