Arsenal fans react on Twitter to old-boy Chamakh performance


Marouane Chamakh lined up against his old club Arsenal today ... what did the fans think of the Crystal Palace striker?

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace today 2-0 with goals from Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud enough to do the job against the team who recently saw Ian Holloway depart by mutual consent.

It was a professional performance from The Gunners, as they dominated vast swathes of the game despite going down to ten men in the second half.

And it was a familiar face who saw Mikel Arteta leave the field of play - Marouane Chamakh.

The Moroccan was allowed to join Crystal Palace on a free transfer this summer after his woeful time with The Gunners had clearly come to an end.

When The Gunners snapped him up on a Bosman transfer back in 2010, but his time at Arsenal was torrid. He scored 14 goals during his three years at the club, and 11 of those came in his first season - which is why Arsenal were more than happy to just let him go this summer.

But how did he get on against his former employers?

Well, that is a hard question to answer.

Chamakh was at times very good, in fact probably the best I have seen him in a Palace shirt.

He struggled at times, isolated and alone, to get involved in the game or to bring other players into the fixture around him.

But he also demonstrated some of the talents that were obviously spotted by Wenger when signing him from Bordeaux.

He won numerous free-kicks with clever body placement from long balls, and started to bring players around him into the game with his strength and touch both impressive.

Even the Arteta red card has to be highlighted as a positive from the player.

He showed a clean set of heels to the Arsenal midfielder and whether you call it clever or deceitful to run across the Spaniard is neither here nor there - his movement took Arsenal down to ten men.

But then there were the negatives - in particular his actual ability in front of goal.

One moment in particular caught the eye. After good work on left-hand side by a fellow former Arsenal player Jerome Thomas and expert delivery was whipped into the box, and all Chamakh had to do was stand there, and plonk his head on it.

Instead he jumped to early, and the ball sailed beyond him - while Wojciech Szczesny wiped his furrowed brow.

It was clearly a mixed performance, and certainly not one that will have Arsenal fans thinking ‘what if?’

But it is good to finally see him showing little glimpses of ability at Selhurst Park.

Here is some Twitter reaction to his performance….

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