Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Chamakh Wants To Get Back On Track

Chamakh Wants To Get Back On Track

Following the wildly celebrated news that Ju Young Park had his military service delayed by ten years http://www.arsenal.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=528332, Arsenal fans are again filling their gullets with bubbly at the news that Marouane Chamakh wants to stay and prove his worth at Arsenal. The goal shy Moroccan "striker" has fallen just behind Pat Rice, the ghost of Ronnie Rook and the actual kitchen sink in the pecking order over the last year.

This has culminated in a situation where he now has one goal in twelve months for the Gunners and has racked up more minutes in the Reserves than in the first team since October. Every one of Chamakh`s substitute appearances this season have come when the team were trailing with only one exception. That shows you the extent to which he is considered an absolute last resort. One of those tedious, moralising, mini media storms rumbled gently on Monday as pictures surfaced of Chamakh sharing a shisha pipe with Moroccan teammate and international teammate Adel Taraabt on Saturday evening.

But personally, given his current form, I wouldn`t care if he was smoking nutmeg. In fact, it might help him hallucinate himself into a goalscoring position. Cosmic. In fairness, Chamakh began life swimmingly at Arsenal, scoring ten goals in seventeen games whilst van Persie was injured in the early part of 2010-11. Since van Persie returned, Chamakh`s appearances have been limited, which has led to a kind of diseconomies of scale where, the less he has played, the worse he has played, meaning he`s played even less, meaning he now plays with all the conviction and assurance of a gassy fart.

It`s not so much that he misses chances. He doesn`t. But as his confidence has sapped, he puts himself into scoring positions less and less. The team don`t particularly play to his strengths either, which are almost exclusively aerial. Unsubstantiated whispers have been abound that Chamakh has been rather fond of the good life in London. He certainly doesn`t strike me as the hungriest player out there and, despite a pretty humiliating year, he says he wants to stay. "I left Bordeaux to improve as a player and I think I can continue for this club. My agents have been ordered to reject bids that come from other clubs because I want to prove I can be useful for the Gunners."

Realistically, he knows he is well behind van Persie in the pecking order and that`s not going to change, so you`d imagine his current situation is going to continue for the foreseeable. "Am I going back to Bordeaux? For now, no. I have spoken to Wenger and I will stay at Arsenal. I think he trusts my work and I will have opportunities in the first team." Really? Arsene spoke in December about not being able to loan him out due to the African Nations Cup. When the manager mentions farming you out as a viable option and you find yourself in regular contention for the Reserves, it suggests the manager has hardly been taken with what he`s seen in training. I get that it`s a bit hopeless to nudge himself ahead of van Persie, but I get the feeling he could do more to be at least a viable alternative.

If he was even remotely a decent back up, he`d pick up games where van Persie is rested. As it happens, van Persie has started every league game since October 23rd, when Chamakh was replaced after 66 minutes against Stoke- his last league start for Arsenal. There`s a cynical side to me that suggests Chamakh`s keenness to stay is evidence of that lack of hunger. Yossi Benayoun spoke in February about the reality of having to find a Midtable club next season so that he can play more games. Whilst ideally I wouldn`t want a player to want to leave Arsenal and would want them to prove themselves, Chamakh`s situation, with Podolski coming in too, is only likely to become more of a sporting humiliation for him. I`d be incredibly surprised if he were still at the club next season. Paying somebody £50,000 a week to turn out for Neil Banfield isn`t ideal for the club and not for the player either. LD.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday April 4 2012
Time: 9:06AM

Comments

0
You would prefer to stay too if you were paid such a stash for warming the bench or playing for the reserves :-)

It is situations as this which make one wonder if Wenger isn't too long- suffering with his players. With due respect for his credentials, Wenger has to restore the measure of ruthlessness he used to possess when his sides were winning trophies. Fergie would not be so patient and his players know it, which is why he can throw in any combination of his first team players and get them to put up a fight in the games.....well, at least, in the E P League.
Naijagunner
04/04/2012 15:37:00
0
God help us if Van Persie gets, you know... don't let the door hit your arse on the way out pal
shewore
04/04/2012 15:44:00
0
Hes a bloody slacker. Get him out.. along with Vela and Bendtner
Sajit
04/04/2012 16:00:00
0
I can't imagine any scenario that would result in Chamakh staying. We're at a stage now where we need to kick on, get rid of all the deadwood and bring in some top class talent. Chamakh would probably be the first player on my list of people to get rid of alongside Squillaci.
Rocky7
04/04/2012 17:41:00
0
.....Almunia not too far behind them. Then a rash of youngsters who are unlikely to make the grade.
Naijagunner
04/04/2012 19:27:00
0
Chamakh showed keen desire to succeed when he joined the Arsenal and his ability to hold up the ball, head powerfully and make himself a nuisance for defenders were all good qualities. He seems to have lost all the above qualities and his desire to succeed most of all. He would still fetch 5-7 million quid in the summer and its time to cut our losses.
Deltaforce
05/04/2012 06:30:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Who Will Arsenal Face In 2016/17 (29/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of the Premier League for 2016/17 is now known.

No More Quarter Final Replays For Arsenal

Should Arsenal progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

What Did Arsenal Earn In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on league positions have been confirmed.

Duo In Statistical Team Of The Season

Arsenal are represented in the latest Team of the Season concoction, and this is based on statistics.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Editor email
Profile
ClockEnd124
no email
Profile
Amos
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Player of the Year
Suggested By:
Petr Cech3%
Hector Bellerin9%
Mesut Ozil76%
Alexis Sanchez9%
Olivier Giroud3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Amos.13
2.Wyn Mills12
3.Naijagunner9
4.Galway Gooner6
5.Merlion963
6.Will-i-am102
7.phreddy2
8.NYArse1
9.Leon Kingsford1
10.julieloveshenry4ever1