Marouane Chamakh calls Sam Allardyce a liar
Crystal Palace striker claims the West Ham boss failed to keep his promises
Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh has told L’Equipe that West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce failed to keep his promises after joining the club on loan.
Chamakh, 29, moved to Arsenal from Bordeaux in 2010, but had limited opportunities at the Emirates before joining West Ham on loan in January earlier this year.
The striker recently made a permanent move to Palace in hope of reigniting his career, and has claimed he was let down by Allardyce.
"I made a bad choice. It didn't go well at all. The manager promised me that with Andy Carroll's injury, I was going to be able to play. He did not keep his word at all," he said, after only playing three times for the claret and blue side.
"Alou Diarra had warned me. But I just did what I wanted and went anyway. I was had. That's why I took a bit of time to say 'yes' to Crystal Palace. I didn't want to make the same mistake twice," added the 29-year-old.
The former Bordeaux striker, who netted eight times in 44 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, has now agreed a one-year deal with newly promoted Palace.
Chamakh, admitted he was close to joining Sunderland a year earlier, found it difficult at the Emirates Stadium after being stuck being in-form striker Robin van Persie, who has since joined Manchester United, then having to compete with Oliver Giroud who was brought in last summer.
"I would have liked more playing time at Arsenal. I respect the coach's decisions, but I didn't always get my chance. When I cam off the bench and things went well, it didn't necessarily pay off afterwards," Chamakh said when asked about his time at Arsenal.
The 29-year-old will be hoping to help Crystal Palace stay in the Premier League, but things didn't go as planned on the opening day of the season after losing 1-0 at home to Tottenham.
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