Marouane Chamakh scored his first goal for Crystal Palace against Stoke City on Saturday, does this mean that he is finding his form quickly?
Whether he will be consistent for the whole season remains to be seen. But, the holding up of the ball and the style in which his goal was scored is something that first attracted him in the eyes of Arsene Wenger.
Palace boss Ian Holloway has also praised Chamakh and is impressed by the impact that he has made on the team. It could be said that had Chamakh got more game time and chances at Arsenal, could he of been the striker that the team were looking for after the loss of Robin van Persie?
He was clearly consistent at the start of his Arsenal career when he joined in 2010, however the injured Van Persie was what helped Chamakh to gain his place in the team.
By December 2010, Van Persie's return stopped Chamakh's run of games and goals, as he was used mainly as a substitute when Wenger became desperate to protect Van Persie from injuries.
Had Van Persie remained injured, Chamakh could have been the player that Van Persie was for that season, however due to bad luck for Chamakh he was more used to the bench than the pitch.
Despite his success at Bordeaux he failed to continue that success at Arsenal and so resulted in a January loan move to West Ham, which also failed and he scored no goals and hardly played.
Talks were ringing round that he would be let out on loan to Palace for six months to a year, however Arsenal decided they had nothing more to offer him and so let him go permanently.
My thoughts now are whether the lack of playing time at Arsenal due to Van Persie playing almost every game, will come back to haunt Wenger, as Chamakh tries to prove his worth in the Premier League.
Would Chamakh really of been a 'Legend' at Arsenal if he stayed and played every game? This we will never know, all we do know is that he is no longer an Arsenal player, and the signing of him by Wenger could be seen as a failure even though he is not the worse signing the Frenchman has made.
Had he been given the chances Chamakh had craved, things might have been different, however he will never get that chance at Arsenal again, and so will push himself at Palace to try and prove that he is worthy of playing in the Premier League. True analysis and judgment can be made of the Moroccan at the end of the season.
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