The Moroccan international made a flying start to his Gunners career after switching Bordeaux for North London in 2010 on a free transfer, but since the injury-free Van Persie took over his rightful centre forward position, Chamakh has hardly featured.
But in all fairness he has hardly taken the opportunity to impress when starting matches such as in the Champions League and the Carling Cup, and when he has made substitute cameos the tall forward hasn’t made the difference such as when Henry returned (although you can’t really class the two in the same sentence).
Chamakh made the headlines yesterday for all the wrong reasons after he was photographed holding a shisha pipe after Saturdays loss to QPR (full story), but he still remains confident of having an impact at the Emirates, he told French magazine Onze:
Am I going back to Bordeaux? For now, no. I have spoken to Wenger and I will stay at Arsenal. I think he trusts my work and I will have opportunities in the first team.
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I left Bordeaux to improve as a player and I think I can continue for this club. My agents have been ordered to reject bids that come from other clubs because I want to prove I can be useful for the Gunners.
With Podolski a certain acquisition it is hard to see Chamakh getting another look in, however he still seems preferred over Park Chu Young. Wenger will want to keep one of the two so he has sufficient depth in the striking department, but would he be better off selling them both and either bringing in another striker or using some of the youngsters like Joel Campbell or Benik Afobe?
The Frenchman has some big decisions to make this summer with Bendtner and Vela returning from their loan spells as well as summer acquisition Joel Campbell whom has been performing well on the international stage and Lorient manager (where he is on loan) Christian Gourcuff has labelled the young Costa Rican as a very promising player.
Our pick? Sell Chamakh, Vela and Bendtner at least, buy Podolski and promote Campbell to the first team squad IF he is ready, if not then look elsewhere for an established striker with experience. Park has not really had the chance to prove himself for Arsenal and if Wenger is keen to retain him next season then maybe it is worth keeping the South Korean captain.