In a summer that looks set to be revolving around change at Arsenal, Gooners will be pleased to see that we are finally getting a lot of the ‘deadwood’ players off the wage bill, however what is less exciting is the amount of incoming players in accordance to the endless speculation.
But looking at the way the summer as gone so far, since Arsenal ended their Premier League campaign back in May, it was always going to be a case of making sure we had all the players that were deemed as useless for the club off our books. and at the moment that seems to be very apparent and arguably successful. We’ve already seen the likes of Arshavin, Squillaci and Denilson released from their contracts, whilst Mannone and Djourou have also left the club. Bendtner is also soon touted to leave with several clubs apparently lining up for his signature, and so the next player that looks set to go is Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh.
Chamakh signed with Arsenal back in 2010 in a free transfer deal from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux after his contract expired with the then French champions. He looked to be a good striker who would provide an excellent service either alongside Robin Van Persie or as back up to the Dutchman. The fact that we got him for free was particularly good, however a few years down the line and his £65k wages per week, will make you think otherwise.
But now Arsenal fans can be relieved if speculation is to be believed because according to several media outlets in both Spain and England, Chamakh is wanted by La Liga side Levante. The Spanish side are reportedly interested in a loan deal but with only 1 year left of Chamakh’s contract that would be a stupid decision to make and we should just look to sell him now and so there have been suggestions that Arsenal are willing to accept a fee as small as £1 million. The Frenchman himself has already admitted that he would take a paycut to make sure gets first team football.
Admittedly Chamakh had a good first season and impressed on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for him when Van Persie returned from injury he lost his place as well as his confidence and as an overall result he lost much of his goal scoring ability. Now with the 29 year old back in training with Arsenal after a loan at fellow London side West Ham, Arsene Wenger will be on the lookout for incoming offers, with the Moroccan almost certain to leave at some stage.