Having spent a couple of years flirting with the idea of a return to Bordeaux it now appears Marouane Chamakh is on a full out charm offensive as he looks to draw a line under his Arsenal career.
It’s close to three years since the Moroccan moved to the Emirates from the Stade Chaban Delmas but despite a decent start to life in the Premier League it’s been pretty much all downhill since January 2011.
Despite a brace in the Carling Cup against Reading in November, he was shipped out on loan to West Ham in January and has since only played 172 minutes under the ‘tutelage’ of Sam Allardyce. He’s also been dumped at international level.
Admitting that he’s considering his future in North London, despite the fact that he’ll probably earn around £2.5 million for sticking out the remaining year of his deal with the Gunners, Chamakh spoke fondly of Bordeaux stressing that it’s the only club he’d join if he moves back to France.
“Everyone knows that Bordeaux is a club that is in my heart,” he told le10Sport.com.
“If I find an agreement with Bordeaux, why not. Yes, this is possible because there is a good chance that I will not stay at Arsenal.
“If I come back to France, it will be in Bordeaux.”
Back in October (and not for the first time) Bordeaux’s president, Jean-Louis Triaud, stated publicly that Chamakh can return at anytime he likes. For all parties concerned, let’s hope that offer still stands.