Marouane Chamakh on his way to the Emirates, the Moroccan can’t believe his own ears!
Arsene Wenger has secured his first signing of the summer with Marouane Chamakh’s move from Bordeaux now confirmed.
But it will come as no surprise to Arsenal fans, many of whom are desperate for Wenger to dip into his £45million of reserves, that he is arriving on a free transfer.
Nevertheless, Chamakh’s arrival on a £12m four-year deal should add significant firepower to an Arsenal side who have struggled with the amount of injuries they have had to contend with this term.
Chamakh, who scored a typical headed goal in Bordeaux’s Champions League quarter-final against Lyon, could theoretically face Arsenal in the final. (Daily Mail)
So there you have it, or do you? We have of course heard this before but it does seem that Marouane Chamakh has taken a step closer to securing his move to the Emirates. The Bordeaux striker has already stated publicly his intentions to quit the French champions in the summer which leaves the door well and truly open to a free transfer move to Arsenal.
“I just want to discover different football and other fans,” the striker said in L’Equipe.
“The time I have spent here (Bordeaux) has been wonderful and I still have other moments to share with the group.”
He added: “I want to give my best before leaving for new horizons. I will not give up trying.
“My club and town will remain Bordeaux for ever. But I want to discover a different league, a different culture.”
So what can the Moroccan international offer the north London side that they do not already possess? Well not much in my view. Yes he will be another option to turn to if they have another serious injury crisis but that seems highly unlikely to strike quite so severely again.
The Gunners already have Robin Van Persie, Eduardo, Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela to turn to in attack so whether it was necessary to reinvest in this area is debatable. With the likes of Sanchez Watt coming through the ranks as well it seems that such a move may be a tad pragmatic.
Wenger tried to snap someone up in January but failed and the club managed to cope and got over the their blip. In many ways though the crisis helped Bendtner to come of age and the Danish international looks like a much better option than the bumbling forward he was a year ago.
Obviously the fact that Arsenal do not need to pay a fee for the 26 year old Bordeaux man is a key factor but they will have to fork out a rather large salary to Chamakh instead and one can’t help feeling that a player like Edin Dzeko would be a far more attractive signing, albeit a much more expensive one.