Football FanCast guest columnist Phil Richards
believes that for the sake of Carlos Vela's progress, Wenger should not
contemplate a January move for Marouane Chamakh.
Anyone exposed to the world of football for the first time
this summer must have the impression that Marouane Chamakh is the most sought
after player in the world, given the amount of times his name crops up in the
newspapers and the great number of clubs he has been linked with.
Obviously if any of them were savvy and looked
on YouTube and Wikipedia to find out more about him then it won't take them
long to realise why Arsenal fans are generally so against his possible arrival
in North London. If his poor goals per game ratio wasn't bad enough, then the
array of footage of him falling to pieces in the box will more than rubber
stamp our general disdain for this particular player.
I personally was amazed that Wenger tabled a bid
for him in the summer, even more surprised that he is contemplating renewing
his interest in January, given the spiel he always gives us about that bringing
in players can actually interfere with the progression of others. That is all
well and good, but I then ask the question of what Chamakh's arrival will do to
help the development of a player like Carlos Vela and him making inroads into
the starting XI?
Carlos Vela on Tuesday showed glimpses of his
precocious talents and there is no doubt in my mind that he is ready to mix it
in the Premier League. Wenger has been extremely protective of him in the past,
sending him out on loan, but surely the time has now come to see if he sinks or
swim and see if he can live up to his undoubted potential…isn't it?
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