Wenger nears long awaited Emirates capture.
Comments attributed to Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh put yet more credence on the speculation that the Bordeaux man will be on his way to the Emirates just as soon as the transfer window re-opens. Arsene Wenger has of course been chasing the 26 year old front man for the best part of 18 months and narrowly missed out on snapping him up in both the last two transfer windows but could now do so for absolutely nothing.
Chamakh is quoted as saying
“Do I already have Arsenal on my mind? A little, but our end of the season is so important that I can’t plan for life after Bordeaux,” the striker told L’Equipe.
“I took a risk by not prolonging my contract because could get injured at any moment. It is the first time I will be a free agent,” he added.
Talented Chamakh has been a key part of the Bordeaux’s success in recent years but it is worth noting that for a good three or four seasons he looked as though he may not fulfill his very obvious potential. It is only in the past 18 months that he has added consistent goalscoring to his attributes and it is that factor that has brought him to the attention of a number of interested parties.
He helped Laurent Blanc’s side to clinch their first Ligue 1 title in ten years when he weighed in with 14 crucial goals, this term he has already reached that tally and helped the Aquitaine to the top of the table with two games in hand over their rivals and perhaps more importantly has acquitted himself expertly well in Champions League action and has helped the French side to the Quarter Finals of the competition, a feat that would’ve been thought impossible two years ago.
Arsene Wenger is keen to add new attacking options in the summer and the chance to sign a player like Marouane Chamakh for nothing is clearly something he won’t want to miss out on. Clearly the Moroccan is by no means the finished article but if there is one coach who is adept of utilising a players full potential then it is the Gunners boss.