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Chamakh may decide to snub Bordeaux and stay at Arsenal

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...Marouane Chamakh is actually wanted by his former club Bordeaux, seemingly set to bring to an end his torrid spell at Arsenal, but does he want to?

Amid all the concern about Theo Walcott's injury this morning, there was at least some good news for Arsenal fans this morning.

And it came from the South West of France, Bordeaux to be exact, with the club confirming they want to take back Marouane Chamakh in January.

When Chamakh arrived, he was touted as the Gunners next great striker, and even better, he was acquired on a free transfer. 

He started off in good form, even setting a Champions League record which still stands, scoring in six consecutive games - three for Bordeaux and three for Arsenal.

But into 2011 he trailed off, admitting the pace of the Premier League was taking its toll on his fitness, and was unable to oust Robin van Persie from the team. It was a pattern which would replicate itself throughout the 2011/12 season, when he scored just one league goal.

It was a surprise he did not leave this summer, instead electing to fight for his place with Van Persie's departure. So far his chances are no better, and they don't look like improving.

However incredibly, Bordeaux's president claims the player is actually happy at Arsenal, potentially threatening any deal.

Jean Louis Triaud said: "Chamakh? He knows when he wants too, he can return to Bordeaux - but he is happy in London," 

"I see he is not on the score sheet and the media do not talk about him but he says nothing.

"Salaries are different in England, but last December I sent him a message to tell him that if your not happy in London, come home, and that message is still relevant today."

Aside from the quite public admission of tapping up, the club president's words are interesting, and anybody claiming Chamakh will be off in January is definitely jumping the gun.

Quite why Chamakh would be happy with the status quo at Arsenal is bemusing, sure he may be happy in his personal life in London, but with up to £35 million believed to be available for Arsenal to spend on a new striker, his chances are limited.

So while the Moroccan really should move on, the quotes from the Bordeaux president suggest he may not want to after all, which would be pretty disappointing for Gunners fans, who just can't see him making it.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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