Given that Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski won’t be fit for the start of the season, and that Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Ju-Young Park all look likely to leave the Emirates, Arsene Wenger could almost be forgiven for having second thoughts about selling Marouane Chamakh.
The Moroccan international, who scored once in the Premier League last term, revealed last week that he hadn’t yet sat down with the boss to discuss his future, but maintained that he would do his utmost for the Gunners if called upon.
Despite his apparent enthusiasm, it doesn’t look as though the ‘for sale’ sign has been removed from around the neck of the former Bordeaux man just yet with Turkish side Besiktas confirming they are interested in his signature.
Speaking yesterday, manager Samet Aybaba revealed that both Chamakh and free agent Tuncay Şanlı were being eyed.
“We have a few players on our transfer list, however, we have to make our decisions very carefully due to the delicate financial situation we find ourselves in.
“We are interested in Marouanne Chamakh and Tuncay Şanlı.”
Whether official contact has been made remains to be seen, although with the player due back at London Colney along with the rest of Arsenal’s touring party it looks certain that a decision on his future will be taken very soon.