Arsenal Striker Marouane Chamakh Joins Crystal Palace On Loan Deal

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Moroccan has failed to settle in the capital since joining the Gunners from Bordeaux three years ago. 

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Unwanted Arsenal front man Marouane Chamakh has agreed to join newly promoted Premier League minnows Crystal Palace on an initial six-month loan next season, with a view to possibly extending that deal in January and then even making it a permanent move come May, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.

The misfiring Morocco international has been in north London for the past three campaigns now, having originally arrived at the Emirates from Ligue 1 giants Bordeaux on a free transfer in May 2010.

However, it is fair to say that in the intervening three-year period the 29-year-old has struggled badly for form in front of goal, spending more time warming the substitutes’ bench that actually leading the line for the Gunners.

And despite making an impressive start to life at Arsenal, with Chamakh registering a respectable 11 goals and eight assists in 44 matches in all competitions in his debut campaign at the club, after that it has all been down hill for the forward.

So much so that in the previous season, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger even sent the player out on a six-month loan spell to fellow Premier League outfit West Ham United for the second half of the campaign.

But with no goals in only three appearances for the struggling Hammers, Chamakh was immediately returned to the Gunners last May, although now the Moroccan has the chance to reignite his career in England at Selhurst Park next season.

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