Former Arsenal striker compares Wenger to Pulis

Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has compared his former manager Arsene Wenger to his current manager at Crystal Palace, Tony Pulis.

The 30-year-old Moroccan left the North Londoner’s in the summer after an fruitless three-year spell with the Gunners.

Chamakh made a strong start to his career at the Emirates scoring 7 goals in his first season in the Premier League but it was all downhill from there.

The Frenchman and the Premier League’s longest-serving manager has clashed with Palace boss Pulis whilst the English coach was in charge at Stoke City, most notably over the horrific injury suffered by Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the Britannia inflicted by Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross in 2010.

Chamakh, however, who signed later on that year, believes the two coaches may have more in common than they realise:

"Managers work differently, but they all have the same objective of winning the game,” he said.

"Arsene Wenger sees all matches as a chance to win. Pulis thinks the same thing, home or away. Even when we are playing the big teams, he has the same objective, which is to win matches."

So, managers all want to win – something of a revelation from the Moroccan international but perhaps Wenger and Arsenal fans might beg to differ.

The style of play Pulis has deployed, especially during his three-year stay at Stoke, can be characterised as defensive and certainly the complete antithesis of Wenger’s brand of expansive attacking football at the Emirates.

Chamakh has, however, seen an improvement in both his form and confidence since moving to Selhurst Park – he has so far scored five goals in all competitions, four in the Premier League, quadrupling his tally from his last two seasons at Arsenal.

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