I have come to the realisation and conclusion that Marouane Chamakh will almost certainly be an Arsenal player next season.
Not because we necessarily need him. Not because he can rediscover the form he was in when he first arrived at the club and possibly challenge Robin van Persie for that central striking role. But purely because there is no club out there interested in the Moroccan forward that will be willing to pay his wages (reportedly £60k-a-week).
Last week, Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud confirmed that he has spoken to the out-of-form striker over a possible return to his former club in the summer. However, Triaud also mentioned that the financial aspect of the move would prove difficult:
‘I have spoken with Marouane and told him that he is welcome at Bordeaux and that we still have room for him.
‘The main problem will be financial because he has tasted the salaries in England and Arsenal will ask for a fee.’
‘Chamakh has told me that if he was to return to France, it would be to Bordeaux.’
Now it’s pretty clear that the only way the 28-year-old will be heading out of The Emirates doors this summer is if: A] a mega-rich club like PSG, who were supposedly interested in him in January, are prepared to offer Chamakh the same, or increase his wages, or B] the Moroccan decided to take a pay cut.
But can you see the two abovementioned options ensuing? Well the first one is likely, but not a certainty depending on if they are still interested in him, while option B is rarely seen unless the player is nearing the end of his career, which Chamakh is not.
The Moroccan international has contemplated his future in the past, and the imminent arrival of Lukas Podolski will only make him think even harder about his current situation at Arsenal.
The problem isn’t finding a club for Chamakh, as Bordeaux, PSG, Lille, Fiorentina and Roma have all previously been linked to the striker. The problem is finding a club willing to pay his high wages, and it is for this reason and this reason alone, that I see Chamakh remaining at Arsenal…at least until January.
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