Football FanCast guest columnist Luke Watson feels that Chamakh will be Wenger’s No.1 priority in January.
While such names like Huntelaar, Dzeko and Balotelli are bandied around as supporters attempt to work out as to whom Arsene Wenger’s main January signing will be to replace the injured Robin van Persie; my real fear it that it will be Marouane Chamakh – a player that for me, more than flatters to deceive.
I suppose in many ways the Moroccan ticks all the right boxes, in terms of price, style of play, but unfortunately his lack of goals throughout his career is a cause of concern and the real reason as to why I have been so dead against his arrival before. My preference would be either of the aforementioned names that supporters have mooted, especially as the trios goalscoring records are far better.
Wenger is a big fan of Chamakh and has stated his admiration for the player on numerous occasions. Whether Arsene feels the presence of a target man will suit Arsenal better in RVP’s absence enabling the likes of Arshavin, Vela and Eduardo to work from remains to be seen, but I really believe that Chamakh will be Wenger’s choice. It is fair to say that had Bordeaux not been holding out for such a ridiculous transfer fee in the summer then Chamakh would have been an Arsenal player, regardless of Van Persie’s injury or not.
The noises coming out of Bordeaux is that they made a mistake in not cashing in on Chamakh, especially as there was no chance he would change his mind and sign a new deal at the club. Although the player has come out and said he would see out the remainder of his deal, I find it hard to believe that either club or player would turn down the opportunity to securing a deal with us, after all It gives Bordeaux the chance to recoup some money, while Chamakh can finally get the move he has been talking up all summer.
I am fearful of the move, as I don’t believe he is the kind of striker we need and while there isn’t anything to suggest that it’s a done deal, a nagging part is telling me that Chamakh will end up proving the No.1 target in January. I hope I am wrong, but a large part of me is telling me I am not.