Marouane Chamakh has become a forlorn figure in his time at Arsenal but perhaps there is still one way he can make himself a Gunners’ hero yet.
The Moroccan striker has suffered almost complete lack of form, fitness, and confidence in the last two seasons at the Emirates. After making a solid start to his Arsenal career in 2010/11, scoring 11 goals, and making 8 assists in 44 appearances, he has now made just 11 appearances in the Premier League in two seasons and scored just one solitary league goal.
Such is the manager’s lack of faith in the 29-year-old who arrived on a free transfer from Bordeaux, he was content to loan him out for the remainder of this season to West Ham United, despite having only one recognized centre-forward within his ranks in new French signing Olivier Giroud.
Chamakh hasn’t exactly set the world on fire at Upton Park either. He’s made 3 appearances so far, playing 151 minutes of Premier League football after playing none for the Gunners’ in two years and, although he has yet to score a goal.
But, alas, they say every dog has it’s day and perhaps today will be Marouane Chamakh’s as West Ham face Tottenham this evening ahead of the crucial top-four scrap that is the North London derby on Sunday at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal currently sit just one point behind Tottenham in 4th position and this evening’s trip to Upton Park is a must-win game for Andre Villas-Boas’ side who can leap-frog Chelsea into 3rd with a win over the Hammers.
However, the Hammers may just fancy putting a spanner in the works for Spurs and who better than Arsenal loan-star Marouane Chamakh who could make himself a hero should he score a crucial goal in tonight’s game.
Should Spurs fail to leave with all three points from tonight’s clash, they would find themselves in a tricky spot heading into the weekend’s North London derby which could very well decide who will be playing Champion’s League football next season.
Arsenal have never failed to qualify for Europe’s elite competition and Spurs will be seeking justice after being cruelly excluded from the running by Chelsea’s miracle in Munich last term.
Marouane Chamakh needs a miracle of his own if he intends to salvage any kind of pride and dignity in his career and future which surely no longer resides in the Premier League.
Due to his lack of playing time over the last couple of years, he was excluded from the Moroccan national team’s endeavours in the African Cup of Nations this year.
Gunners’ fans will be hoping tonight he can redeem himself against their oldest enemy. My enemy’s enemy is my friend, so they say.
image: © wonker