Former striker Marouane Chamakh says that Arsene Wenger showed him a lack of respect, benching him after he’d had a promising start to his Arsenal career.
The Moroccan international joined the club in the summer of 2010 on a free transfer from Bordeaux, and with Robin van Persie sidelined he was asked to lead the line.
By the end of November he’d bagged 11 goals, but when the Dutchman was fit again, he was brought back in at the expense of Chamakh, something which obviously still rankles with him.
Speaking to RMC Radio, he said, “Yes it is clear that I am a little annoyed at him because I think I deserved more playing time than what I was given.
“As the year began, at the start of the season, he told me that we might change formation and I would maybe be able to play up front with Robin. They were nothing but promises… nothing happened.
“For the aims that I had, I think it was a little bit a lack of respect. I started well and then the next day he shades me out like that.”
After being dropped he only scored 1 more goal that season, and just another 3 in the following two seasons, so that, coupled with van Persie’s form, meant Wenger’s decision making is hard to argue with.
However, when you start in pretty good fashion and then get dropped, it could be a confidence blow.
Anyway, at this point, it’s not worth worrying about too much. That’s football.