Chamakh – Seriously?

by Matthew Harris on August 20, 2012

Saturday’s defeat to Newcastle told us what we already knew – we need a striker. However, do we really need one so badly that the name of Marouane Chamakh is being mentioned?

The initial reaction, particularly from those outside of the two North London clubs is that surely Spurs wouldn’t take a player on loan directly from Arsenal? But it goes much further than that and you only have to look at the Moroccan’s record to start praying that the story has no substance.

The 28 year old spent eight years at Bordeaux before joining Arsenal where he averaged around one goal every four games. To give them some grudging credit, they have often taken players with similar records and transformed them into goal machines – not this time.

In 63 senior games for Arsenal, Chamakh has found the net 12 times. It’s thought that he was left out of the squad on Saturday ahead of a loan move and hopefully, our need for a striker has led to a column filling story with no concrete grounds to back it up.

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