Arsenal signed Marouane Chamakh on a free transfer three years ago, thinking they had struck the ultimate bargain with the striker who had secured the French title with Bordeaux the previous year.
He started his Arsenal tenure fairly well, scoring the needed goals in Robin van Persie’s injured absence. He scored 11 goals in his debut season for Arsenal, but only three in the following two seasons.
Meanwhile, the club has been paying the 29-year-old a whopping £93k a week on account of him joining on a free. This is a ridiculous fee considering the striker’s disappointing spell at Arsenal. In the 2011/12 season he scored one goal. In 2012/13 he managed two – in a League Cup fixture against Reading.
Chamakh was then farmed out to West Ham in January but failed to impress there, too. The Hammers are currently shouldering £40k of the Moroccan’s hefty weekly wage but Arsenal will soon be burdened with the full amount again as his loan spell is at an end.
It is players such as these that Arsenal can’t afford to keep around. Andrey Arshavin is also on spectacular wages while he means very little to the club. Wenger broke the club transfer record to sign the former Russian captain but after a good debut season, Arshavin has been somewhat disappointing.
He didn’t start a single game this season and contributed very little. Other players that Wenger must get rid of before 2013/14 kicks off include Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Johan Djourou, and Sebastien Squillaci
This will free up large amounts of funds for new players coming in this summer. Wenger’s targets, which include Gonzalo Higauin, Stevan Jovetic, Kevin Strootman and Ettiene Capoue, are sure to demand high wages and if Arsenal are going to afford them they’ll need to get rid of the dead weight.
While Chamakh has a year left on his current contract, his former club Bordeaux seem to be interested in taking him back on reduced wages while Spanish side Real Betis are also interested.
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