Bordeaux president Jean Louis Triaud claims that Marouane Chamakh won’t be returning to the Stade Chaban Delmas in the near future after the player told him he was still happy in London.
Having courted the Moroccan international since November, it looks as though the longstanding Girondins official has finally given up on trying to seal a deal for the out-of-form 28-year-old. Perhaps he’s realised he’s just not that good.
Speaking to Sport 10, Triaud is quoted as saying:
“It is not worth making things up. I tried to contact him six months ago when the transfer window was open.
“Since I crossed paths with him at the Parc des Princes, he was able to tell me he was very happy in London, loved Arsenal and was fine where he was. We’re talking about things which do not exist.”
A couple of months ago Triaud had made clear that Chamakh would be welcomed back at Bordeaux if financial terms could be reached with the Gunners.
“I have spoken with Marouane and told him that he is welcome at Bordeaux and that we still have room for him.
“He has told me that if he was to return to France, it would be at Bordeaux.
“The main problem will be financial because he has tasted the salaries in England and Arsenal will ask for a fee.”
While Chamakh may well feel happy spending his hard-earned cash on puffing shisha in his free time, you can’t help but think Arsene Wenger will try and get shot of him ASAP whether Robin van Persie stays or not. Along with Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela and Ju-Young Park he represents one of a lacklustre quartet who inflate the wage bill while patently not having the quality to lead the line at the Emirates.
One man who’ll be hoping he can cut the N5 mustard is Olivier Giroud. The Montpellier man is set to put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal this week and, according to The Sun (possibly fake quotes), appears very happy at the prospect of joining Wenger’s Gallic contingent in North London.
“I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal — it is something that represents so much for me. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players.”
Whether Giroud falls into the Henry bracket, the Wiltord bracket, or the Kaba Diawara bracket remains to be seen…