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Arsenal should have kept hold of Marouane Chamakh

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The Arsenal management, supporters and Marouane Chamakh himself will probably rather want to forget the three years he spent at the club.

In the end the Moroccan was regarded as one of Arsene Wenger's transfer flops and became a figure of ridicule up and down the country for his tame goalscoring record.

However, maybe it's not quite fair that his Arsenal career be written off so harshly, he could have been of value this season.

Wenger's failed pursuit of various striker targets leaves the Gunners with just one fit quality striker after Lukas Podolski's injury - Olivier Giroud.

Nicklas Bendtner is his back-up, the man who the club were prepared to pay £3 million to leave. 

That leaves something of a hole, a hole that should have been filled especially with the arrival of the assist machine Mesut Ozil.

The decision to sell Chamakh to Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace on a free transfer comes as a clear indication that Bendtner was considered the best.

I wouldn't say that's a fair assumption though.

It shouldn't be forgotten that Chamakh made a bright start to his Arsenal career following his long-awaited move from Bordeaux where he made his name.

The 29-year-old scored 10 goals between September 2010 and November that same year, at a time where he was played as the main striker while Robin van Persie was out injured.

These 10 goals shouldn't be taken lightly because Chamakh's main strength is not goal-scoring.

Even in the season that he helped Bordeaux to the French title, the striker only netted 13 times.

The 63 cap man is as good a provider as he is goalscorer, every season consistently grabbing five to seven assists.

This sort of striker isn't always appreciated in the Premier League though.

The fans utopian type desire for a 20 to 30 goal-a-season talisman often gets in the way of accepting a team workhorse, I can think of Emile Heskey as another prime example.

And it just so happened that following Chamakh's rich vein of form, the rare 20-30 goal-a-season striker, RVP, returned from injury which automatically made him the first choice.

Chamakh's confidence must have been knocked, having played so well, the fans' favourite was back and the two were always going to be compared when Arsenal's preferred formation only allowed for one striker.

Sure RVP may have scored more goals and been the more entertaining, but look back, how many trophies did the Dutchman win in his eight years at the club- only two, both when he wasn't an definite starter. 

In Chamakh's last two years at the Emirates he continued to be left out of the side for bigger reputation players who still weren't firing Arsenal to the trophies they so desperately craved.

By contrast, Bendtner had so many chances to make a name for himself at Arsenal and his failure is still compounded by an unbelievable arrogance and a false self belief of world-class abilities.

He doesn't work hard or look interested on the pitch and clearly doesn't suffer from a lack of confidence so some of his high-profile gaffe's cannot be attributed to that like Chamakh's arguably can. 

Arsenal's loss could be Palace's gain and it will be interesting how he fairs at a club with supporters who will once more chant his name as they have at Selhurst Park so far this season.

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