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Chamakh Becomes Arsenal's First Summer Signing

Chamakh Becomes Arsenal's First Summer Signing

Whilst the rumour-mill has been going ape with whisperings that Cesc Fabregas wants to join, is about to join, won't be able to join because they can't afford it, Barcelona, the Gunners have been tying up their first summer transfer of 2010.

In the worst kept secret in football, Marouane Chamakh today officially became an Arsenal player.

It was rumoured that Chamakh was set to join the Gunners last summer and then in the January transfer window, but Bordeaux were unwilling to sell for a reasonable price, and with the strikers contract up in the summer, Wenger decided to hold on and get him free of charge just a few months later.

Arsène Wenger said: "We are delighted that Marouane Chamakh has joined us. He is a player we have admired for some time now and I know he will provide our squad with great quality. Chamakh has proved he is a great player with his performances for Bordeaux and Morocco in recent seasons and we`re all looking forward to him joining us.

'Chamakh is a striker of real quality and has all the attributes suited to come to England and do very well. He is also a fighter, not only a good football player, but a fighter as well. He is very good in the air and also a good team player. He is a great addition to our squad."

Check for full interviews with manager and player.

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Date:Friday May 21 2010
Time: 5:50PM


Another surprise Wenger signing..........
21/05/2010 17:53:00
He's a transfer ninja that bloke.
21/05/2010 17:53:00
very excited about him coming here - if fab stays this kid well bag goals. riminds me of christiano ronaldo- lets hope he delivers!
21/05/2010 17:54:00
I wonder if this guy will turn into another Thierry Henry. His goalscoring record isnt great (never scored more than 13 in the league, never scored more than 18 in a season) but it is better than Thierrys was before he came to Arsenal and everyone seems to rate him. At 26/27 he might be a late bloomer like drogba.
21/05/2010 18:05:00
Free transfer.. Wenger's shrewd.
21/05/2010 18:06:00
He is a different signing. He is a winner and a fighter.He has won trophies before coming here, played CL unlike the other previous signing (Kids and unproven).
21/05/2010 18:09:00
1 down, 3 to go.
21/05/2010 18:09:00
Worst kept secret this summer. Unlike previously when Wenger actually surprised (at least me) with Rosicky, Eduardo, Senderos and Fabianski - the last few ones (Nasri,Ramsey, Arshavin and now Chamakh) have all been well known long before they appeared on arsenal dot com .
21/05/2010 18:10:00
Surprise us Wenger!
21/05/2010 18:11:00
Ok now lets see who is next in.
21/05/2010 18:12:00
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