Arsenal Complete Signing of Bordeaux Striker Marouane Chamakh: Moroccan Moves to the Emirates

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Sports News - November 05, 2008

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh on an unspecified long-term deal.
The 26-year-old, who had been linked with the Gunners since last summer, is to join on a free transfer when his contract with Bordeaux expires.
In February he revealed Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal had all been in touch with him about possible moves.
“Without any hesitation, Arsenal was my preferred club,” said Chamakh, who hit 79 goals in eight years at Bordeaux.
“My goal was to join Arsenal out of all the English clubs because it is a club that makes me dream and I have been a fan since I was a child,” he continued.
“We have many great players at Arsenal and I will be giving everything to help the team win trophies next season.”
Although born and raised in France, Chamakh qualifies for Morocco through his parents.

He was part of the Morocco side that reached the final of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations and has scored 27 goals in 53 appearances for his country.
“Chamakh is a striker of real quality and has all the attributes suited to come to England and do very well,” Gunners manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s website. (BBC Sport)

Cautiously optimistic, that’s how I would describe my feelings towards this new addition to our Emirates squad. The 26 year old has a good touch and is capable of making something out of nothing and the only worry for me would be the fact that the Moroccan hasn’t played in one of the big four leagues (La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Premier League) but he has shown enough during his eight seasons at Bordeaux to make many believe he could be a very good signing, and a great one considering no transfer fee was needed.

In the past two seasons the well built strong striker has really kicked in and started to become far more prolific. The season before last he helped Laurent Blanc’s side to the Ligue 1 title and this term he proved his ability to mix it with the best in the Champions League.

Pre season will be interesting as Wenger looks for the right partnerships for the new campaign. Fingers crossed Marouane will do well.

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