It would be fair to say that Marouane Chamakh’s career at Arsenal has been indifferent, with the Moroccan striker simply unable to hold down a place at the Gunners following a disappointing period. Bearing this in mind, it has come as no surprise to hear plenty of rumours linking Chamakh away from the club – although one of the supposedly interested teams has now ruled themselves out.
With Chamakh making his name in France, it was expected that there would be plenty of interest from Ligue 1 outfits. However, his former club Bordeux, who were one side who were heavily tipped to be plotting a move, have today claimed that they have no intention of signing the forward. Speaking to Sport 10, Bordeux president Jean-Louis Triaud said that he says a possible move is dead in the water due to Chamakh’s reluctance to leave London.
“It is not worth making things up. I tried to contact him six months ago when the transfer window was open. Since I crossed paths with him at the Parc des Princes, he was able to tell me he was very happy in London, loved Arsenal and was fine where he was. We’re talking about things which do not exist.”
After transferring to the Gunners in 2010, there were high hopes for Chamakh who had made a name for himself playing for Bordeaux. However, despite his goal scoring exploits in France, the 28-year-old could not replicate such form in England and has managed just eleven goals in total for the Gunners. Moreover, his chances through 2011/12 came incredibly more limited, with Chamakh making just twenty one appearances. Bearing the above in mind, it’s really no surprise to see Arsene Wenger urging to move him on, especially when the striker is reportedly one of the highest earners at the Emirates Stadium.