GIF: Arsenal flop Chamakh finds the back of net

Marouane Chamakh, derided at the Emirates Stadium for his goalshy stay at the club, has scored for Crystal Palace.


Chamakh header


Expectations were high when Arsene Wenger moved to sign Moroccan international Chamakh on a free transfer from Bordeaux, and he enjoyed a decent first season with 11 goals in all competitions, but scored just three goals for the Gunners after that. A failed loan spell with West Ham summed his spell in England, and before tonight's strike against the Hammers, Chamakh's stint at Crystal Palace had reaped just one goal in thirteen appearances.

But with Tony Pulis now at the helm at Selhurst Park, Chamakh can expect to use his aerial ability inside the penalty area, and that's just how he got on the scoresheet against his former boss Sam Allardyce, guiding a header home from Barry Bannan's right wing cross. Eagles fans will be hoping that the 29-year-old can now find some form and score the goals to drag Palace away from the relegation zone, but Arsenal supporters will no doubt tell them not to get their hopes up.

Below is a clip of Chamakh's goal, as he glides into the six yard box unmarked to guide a header past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the corner of the goal to give Crystal Palace a 1-0 lead.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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