Out-of-favour Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is set for a switch back to his former club Bordeaux in January, according to the latest reports.
The Moroccan has suffered a debilitating lack of form, fitness and confidence since his arrival in at the Emirates back in 2010.
Although he made an impressive start to his Premier League career with the North Londoners he has since been labelled a ‘flop’ for his poor performances and virtually non-existent form and is subsequently set to be shipped back to the French top flight where he made his name.
The 28-year-old scored 11 goals in his first season with the Gunners in the absence of then injured captain Robin van Persie but made just 19 appearances for the club last season and scored just one goal.
This season he’s featured twice and scored two goals but has still failed to impress upon manager Arsene Wenger that he deserves a run in the first team. The signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud in the summer confirmed for the 6ft2” striker that he was no longer required at the Emirates and, despite failing to seal a transfer move in the summer, he is understood to be headed back for Bordeaux.
He scored a total of 76 goals for the Ligue 1 side during his 8 years and became a fans’ favourite. Bordeaux won the French top-tier title 2009 in large part due to the striker’s prolific goal tally and he was subsequently beckoned by Arsene Wenger to add to their strike-force.
But the form of former captain Robin van Persie kept the Moroccan out of the Gunners’ first team and his confidence, sharpness and fitness suffered as a result – he now struggles to get in to the Moroccan national team.
Whilst a number of European clubs were reportedly interested in signing the striker in the summer, his wage demands of £60,000 a week stood in the way of a potential move.
The Gunners are understandably keen to offload the player for the same reason – his wages are a drain on the club’s resources and are no longer justified by his squad status.
It is thought a return to Bordeaux would suit all parties – Chamakh is keen to resuscitate his career, Arsenal want rid, and Bordeaux are happy to have him – Arsenal are willing to take a cut-price fee of £1.5 million after securing his services for nothing when he made free transfer from the former French champions.
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