Chamakh Hopes As Arsenal Seek To Capitalise On Financial Folly
Can you feel the relief, the anticipation? A proper football match takes place this afternoon (or tonight depending on your timezone, might even be the morning for all I know) and no, I don’t care that it is a friendly since it signals that the season is upon us. Almost. The tour party mixed youth and experience so you would expect the starting – and finishing – XI to reflect that. Off the pitch, the reaction is almost a no-win situation for Arsenal. Handsome victory? Meh, expected against relatively poor opposition. Anything less will bring forth a microscopic and forensic analysis of the failings, fuelling more criticism of the lack of transfer activity this week.
One player missing is punk legend Jimmy van Pursey. He continues to teach the 1970s anthems to the kids, he’s down with them, drawing on his own working class struggle against The Man. Hoping to pull his family clear of the poverty stricken life that fate has dealt them is not proving to be easy, the Oil City Sheikhs are closing the wallet until some of the freeloaders at City are removed from the wage bill.
Fair play to Emmanuel Adebayor as he refuses to buckle; it lays bare the folly of a spendthrift squad-building policy with the real danger for the club that they will be left with a dozen cases of Winstone Bogarde, players who feel the wealth offered by their current contracts exceeds the lure of playing every week for a lesser salary.
One player hoping that current pacesetters Juventus will squeeze some more money from the boot of the rusting Fiat 125 in the car park is Marouane Chamakh,
Yes. If I am staying here with Arsenal, I will do my best for the team and give the maximum.
That’s my boy, the attitude is right. Although I am not too sure whether his hookah pipe has something a tad illicit in it as his reality perspective seemed to dip a little as the conversation went on,
Last season was difficult. We were playing with just one striker and that striker was the best player in Europe. There was not a lot I could do. I was upset because thought I could have played more but football is like that. Sometimes you do not have a chance. I hope this season I will play more than last. I have not spoken with the manager but I will soon.
In the first six months after signing I had lots of games but after that I only played a few. Now I hope this season will be good for me and the club.
Yes, I need more confidence. But to be confident I need to play more. I am determined to stay.
It is something of a chicken and egg situation. Arsène saw that Chamakh’s confidence had gone but in order to play, Chamakh needs to be ready and able to offer an alternative goalscoring solution. His solitary goal last season came at Blackburn, his first since his hat-trick against Orient in the FA Cup. Those are damning statistics.
With the additions of Podolski and Giroud, I would suggest that the chances of him playing are reducing further. Whilst the German is more used on the flanks, he has the ability to play centrally and I suspect he is likely to be ahead of Chamakh in that pecking order. It is far from certain whether the public statements reflect his private thoughts; I doubt that they do, his self-awareness seems to be more acute than that. In terms of maintaining squad harmony, the Moroccan has shown himself to more astute than former Arsenal captain, Robin Rotten – he’s moved from Sham 69 to the reformed Pistols for £20 and a signed Sid Vicious handwritten bass chord tab of No-one Is Innocent.
Elsewhere, questions remain about Arsène’s involvement in the club’s transfer policy remain with a player he knows nothing about – Santi Carzola – once more heavily linked with a move to Arsenal. Curiously enough, it all ties in rather nicely with the ongoing financial woes of oil-rich Malaga who now have until July 31st to settle their debts with Villarreal or face a ban on all transfers. The monetary issues of the Spanish nation will not be solved by all Spanish clubs paying their tax bills but given the level of indebtedness reflected in Barcelona’s latest accounts, it might help along the way?
Jack Wilshere‘s close allies are optimistic – perhaps overly so – that he will be back sooner than Arsène’s observations earlier this week and to be honest, I wonder if JW has been at the JD to believe he might be back in August / September. He might be back in full training but surely the club will hesitate to bring him back into action that soon, erring on the side of caution with a stress fracture must be the right course of action. In any case, someone has to keep Tomas Rosicky company in the medical room.