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Chamakh Rumours, Villainy and Garrincha

Less than a month after the summer transfer window has closed, like a kid who has got bored of his new birthday Lego set and is demanding an iPhone and a good smoking pipe for Christmas already, reports linking us to players we can`t buy for a good three and a half months yet are already circulating.

The story of most interest appears to be that of Bordeaux`s Maruoane Chamakh, whom we were repeatedly linked with throughout the summer and who only has one year left on his contract. In the last few days there has been a resurfacing of rumours suggesting we are poised to swoop for him, snatching him up at a cut price due to his miniature contract length, like an eagle majestically diving on its prey or a Bid TV viewer frantically mashing in a number to purchase a crap watch.

Statements from the player to the press made it appear he was trying to force the move through and was flaunting himself to Premier League clubs. If this is this case it appears as if he`s acting in a similar fashion to the way Adebayor behaved last season by making comments about his intent to leave with no regard to Bordeaux`s fans and I`m not sure I`d welcome a player with that attitude. Especially after the Togolese has revealed himself to be more villainous than a man who throws kittens in a threshing machine for fun.

The Bordeaux chairman, Jean-Louis Triaud, has worryingly, in light of Chelsea`s hilarious ban, complained about our interest in him, and the accusations aimed at us seem completely out of character with the club`s usual discreet transfer dealings. It`s like Dame Vera Lynch being accused of mugging and carjacking.

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Writer: Tristan's Unwanted Opinions Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 24 2009

Time: 4:39PM

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WHY DO YOU HAVE GARRINCHA IN THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE? Did I miss something? I'm Brazilian, I rushed right on over to this article the minute I saw you had Garrincha in the title (a personal favorite football god of mine) and saw nothing Garrincha-related. As for Chamakh...the analogy to Ade is not exact because Chamakh has been a faithful, committed Bordeaux player since he first moved there in 2002. They gave him his first professional contract. He hasn't tried for a move in all that time. In the 2nd half of last season he privately spoke to his club reps and Blanc about moving in the summer, he did not make any public noises about it. He's nearing the end of his contract and wanted to let his club know that he was looking to make a step up to a bigger club, preferably in England. His argument was that he'd been a faithful servant to the club for over 6 years and that he hoped the club would allow him to take advantage of some big offers coming his way and help him to move. According to his later public statements, the club told him they would not stand in his way and not make any impossible demands. It was only when (again, according to him) they went back on their word and started to make things very difficult, going public about fighting off a move, that he took his feelings to the press. He was very disappointed about not moving to Arsenal in the summer, his heart was set on coming to England, but nonetheless he hasn't stopped showing the same dedication and commitment on the pitch in the new season. He's scored some fine goals and made several assists. He's stopped his complaints to the press. He hasn't acted like Ade did last season when he couldn't engineer a move to Milan or Barca. Bordeaux just value him very highly, they don't want him to go, they were hoping to extend his contract. And frankly, Arsene's public comments haven't helped the situation.
jaelle
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24/09/2009 18:21:00

Just watched Arsene's press conference and he disputes the English press' translation of Triaud's comments. He rather heatedly says that he's ready to have a press conference with Triaud and Chamakh and that Triaud would agree with what Arsene says about how he has handled the talks between the clubs about the player.
jaelle
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24/09/2009 19:46:00

hey jaelle, tristan here garrincha was in the title as he was in some analogy later in the article which must of not got sent my bad hope this has not inconvenienced you too much :)
Tristan14
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24/09/2009 20:48:00

I thought the article ended a bit abruptly... i blame rocky ;-)
TPowell
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24/09/2009 20:54:00

ok, tristan, no problem--just kind of left me disappointed. boo hoo! :-)
jaelle
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24/09/2009 22:00:00

Completely off topic but do we believe this chest infection that Almunia is supposed to have or could it possibly be a smokescreen by Wenger for some unconvincing displays by our goalie...?
Gooner_Vin
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24/09/2009 22:16:00

I would agree with you and it has crossed my mind gooner_vin, but i think its highly unlike with Fabianski injured, i dont think Wenger would throw in a couple of inexperianced youngsters especially after the manchester defeats.
DBerg
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25/09/2009 13:51:00

 

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