Chamakh In, Merida Cesc-ing Out?
Arsène noted that he wanted his transfer activity completed before the World Cup and he may get his wish. Marouane Chamakh completed his transfer yesterday, presented to the world with only an ATVO camcorder present. Decidely low-key compared to the reported 35,000 fans at the Nou Camp for David Villa, highlighting the difference between the two clubs in their operations.
Chamakh arrives with high expectations from his manager:
Chamakh is a striker of real quality and has all the attributes suited to come to England and do very well. He is also a fighter, not only a good football player, but a fighter as well. He is very good in the air and also a good team player. He is a great addition to our squad
You would not expect him to say anything else. His scoring statistics are remarkably similar to those of Henry and Adebayor in the French League. Not prolific, averaging around a goal every four games through his career. In the past two seasons he has improved that but crucially, he was part of the title winning Bordeaux side that had also won the French League Cup.
Add to that a runners-up medal in the 2004 African Cup of Nations, a tournament in which he scored twice, and the player has experience of competing for, and winning, trophies which is the type of experience asked for.
He may not be the ‘big name’ signing that is craved but seems to be a solid squad player with a very good record of scoring at international level. The usual platitudes were said by Chamakh about how he had been an Arsenal supporter since childhood and that he wanted to win. I wish him all of the best on his Arsenal career and hope he achieves the latter for the rest of us as the former will indeed be very happy.
The biggest hope though is that he is given time to settle, failure to score twenty goals in his first five games not used a stick with which to beat him. Impatience is deemed a virtue now amongst supporters despite being a failing. There is an air of negativity, the rumours surrounding Cesc havde exacerbated the mood and hopes of providing a positive boost for the weekend were dampened slightly thanks to events in the Catalan capital.
At the press conference for Villa, Txiki Begiristain told the world that they had sent Arsenal a fax asking if they wanted to enter into negotiations and that Barcelona would conduct these ‘respectfully’. Having failed to do so in the past week, it was too much to expect that to happen and in announcing it to the world, the Technical Director immediately proved his word meant nothing since ‘respectfully’ would have included not announcing it.
Fran Merida has apparently decided to seek first team football in Atletico de Madrid’s colours despite a late offer from Arsenal. It is the least surprising news since this has been more widely rumoured than the Cesc to Barcelona ‘move’ albeit without the intensity of the latter.
Although there is no formal transfer fee, a ‘training fee’ will be set by a tribunal unless the clubs come to a prior agreement due to the player’s age. It is a disappointing feeling to see him leave as he is undoubtedly a good player. His first team opportunities were nonetheless limited and he could blow hot or cold, excellent against Liverpool and Bolton compared to a nondescript performance at Upton Park in the FA Cup.
Such inconsistency is to be expected in a young player and the departure is something we will have to get used to in coming seasons with the production line of talented youngsters outstripping the opportunity for first team football in all but the exceptional cases.
Posted on May 22, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Soccer and tagged Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas, Football, Fran Merida, Marouane Chamakh, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 221 Comments.