Just like any other manager, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made some signings that have baffled all football followers. The recruitment of Marouane Chamakh is one of them.
The Morocco international striker joined the Gunners in the summer of 2010 on a free transfer after his contract with from Bordeaux ran out, having scored just 79 goals in 293 appearances in all competitions for the French club.
Chamakh had played a key role in Bordeaux’s Ligue 1 triumph in 2008-09 by scoring 14 goals, and the following campaign he helped them reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
At the time Wenger described the 30-year-old ‘a striker of real quality’, but Arsenal fans saw little of his calibre as he proved to be largely a failure at the Emirates Stadium.
The Moroccan scored 11 goals in his first season at Arsenal and then just three in following two. He was loaned out to West Ham United in January 2013, but he could make just three appearances for the Hammers in the second half of the 2012-13 season.
Last summer Crystal Palace signed Chamakh, who has still struggled to find the scoring touch that was so attractive to Arsenal all those years ago.
The striker’s work-rate, though, cannot be undermined, and perhaps that is why he has the unenviable record of having committed the most number of fouls than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues so far this season.
Marouane Chamakh has committed 16 fouls this season, more than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues. pic.twitter.com/hmFwsCv0dN— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 9, 2014
However, Chamakh has scored for Palace in the Premier League this term and has played no fewer than four key passes.
|Team||Pos||Goals||Total Scoring Att||Goal Assist||Total Att Assist||Fouls||Was Fouled||Apps||Mins|
|Marouane Chamakh||Crystal Palace||FW||1||3||0||4||16||6||3||232|
Palace are back in Premier League action on Saturday when they host Burnley at Selhurst Park.