Marouane Chamakh appears to have been given what will most likely be his third and final chance to succeed in the Premier League, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror believe the Moroccan international has been handed a lifeline by Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway, who will take the misfit on loan for six months with a view to extending this deal and signing Chamakh on a permanent basis, should they avoid relegation.

Chamakh fell out-of-favour at the Emirates a matter of months after joining from Ligue 1 outfit, Bordeaux. He impressed in the Champions League the season prior, helping them to reach the quarter-final stages.

Robin van Persie took over the Gunners first-team spot for the next season-and-a-half after recovering from injury.

Since that time, Chamakh has made a number of cameo appearances as a substitute, as well as starting a few League Cup and FA Cup games, but he was never able to replicate the performances from his Bordeaux days - most likely due to a lack of game time.

Regardless, a poor return of 14 goals in 67 appearances saw Chamakh slide to the outer edges of the first-team squad, especially with the arrivals of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

The 29-year-old made just two starts last season, including in the 7-5 thriller against Reading, where he got in on the scoring.

The forward then moved on loan to West Ham, where he endured a similarly miserable spell, starting most games on the bench with Andy Carroll - who was also on loan - taking up the main striker role.

Crystal Palace move represents Chamakh's final chance to saviour a future in England. Should he soar with The Eagles, it may become a turning point in his career. Otherwise, he will most likely move back to France come the end of the season.

The French-born Moroccan could fit in well at Palace, with his aerial ability his most potent asset.

Attacking set-pieces and crosses is Chamakh's forte, and he can expect to receive these at Palace as these will present their best chance of scoring goals.


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