Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Moroccan on Route to the Emirates

With Arsenal’s abysmal defeat to Tottenham last week, as well as a shocking 3-2 defeat to Wigan Athletic, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has seemingly already started to bring in that extra added bit of quality the club needs.

Eduardo Da Silva still seemingly not fully recovered from that infamous leg break 2 years ago and now being linked to an £8 million move to Lyon, something not as farfetched as first thought, coexisting with Mexican striker Carlos Vela still failing to live up to the hype (looking a lot like Jose Antonio Reyes) a loan next season may be on the cards, some firepower is definitely needed. Step forward Moroccan International, and the forever linked, Marouane Chamakh. It now seems the striker is all but certain to be joining on a free at the end of season. I know nothing is yet confirmed, but I’m attempting to cheer up Gunners with this all but confirmed signing.

Here’s all you need to know:

Name: Marouane Chamakh
Age: 26 DOB: 10/01/1984 Height: 6’1”
Current Club: FCG Bordeaux
Club Apps: 55 Club Goals: 219
Shirt Number: 29
Nationality: Moroccan
International Apps: 27
International Goals: 53

The tall, quick striker was seemingly a certainty to join Arsenal in the summer, but the move never materialised. He is now expected to join on this summer on a free transfer, excellent for Wenger as we all know he has strong connections in France, along with his strict transfer policy, no one loves a freebie quite like Arsene!

The Moroccan International has an excellent record at his nation, scoring 27 goals in 53 games, a rate of 1 goal in every 2 games. At club level, he may not be as prolific, but most recently in Bordeaux’s route to the Champions League Quarter Final, he has displayed his attacking prowess, displaying his excellent technique and probably his best attribute, his aerial ability. So far he has become a key player in the French side along with the sensational Yoann Gourcuff.

The 26 year old can be used as the focal point of the attack, or play out on the right wing forward position drifting into the penalty area, making him very difficult to mark. With the current 4-3-3 formation, he could play in the Nicklas Bendtner role he played before picking up his injury against Spurs. The Morroccan is probably more adapt to playing out wide rather than the Dane as he is quicker and more skilful, while Bendtner is all about link up play and scoring. With Theo Walcott now hitting form and heading to the World Cup, Striker Robin Van Persie (married to a Moroccan woman) and the vastly improved Nicklas Bendtner, it seems Arsenal can expect more of the same going forward next season. Now leaving them to concentrate on their defensive problems.

How well do you think the Moroccan will do in the Premiership? Do you see it as a good signing? Let me know what you think.

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