Chamakh close to exit! by AH
Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh is close to securing a move away from the Emirates, as he looks set to link up with fellow London club and Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace on an initial six month loan deal.
Chamakh has been a long term target for Palace boss Ian Holloway and has stated on several occasions of how keen he is to sign the Moroccan international striker to improve his current squad ahead of what will be a tough campaign for the Eagles. Crystal Palace secured promotion to the Premier League through the Playoffs, beating Watford at Wembley In the final. However after losing their star player Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United, they are severely weakened in terms of striking options and Holloway will be hoping Chamakh can be a worthwhile choice to have upfront.
Marouane Chamakh signed for Arsenal back in 2010 in a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. He was in his prime and had hit new heights winning the league in France, so to sign this quality striker on a free transfer seemed to be one of the best deals of the summer. And to be honest, at the start of his Arsenal career, we weren’t wrong. He was a scoring machine when he first arrived, however he was quickly pushed back upon Robin Van Persie’s return and soon he failed to get a game. He then became poor in training and lost all confidence on the pitch, so much so that he fell even further down the pecking order.
Last season he was loaned out to West Ham where he failed to make an impact, however we did see glimpses of the old Chamakh when we played Reading in the Capital One Cup. The famous 7-5 score line often makes you forget that Chamakh scored two stunning goals that night and we thought that perhaps the old Chamakh was back. We were wrong and now he looks set to go out on loan once again. A loan for Chamakh will be good but with the 29 year old’s contract running out this summer and Arsenal unlikely to renew it, he could of played his last game in an Arsenal shirt.