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Arsenal fall guys: Nicklas Bendtner & Marouane Chamakh

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Three days on from his controversial article suggesting five better and cheaper options than Alexis Sanchez, writer Harry Wall gives a little more insight into his views on Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh.

Arsenal fans are experiencing a period of excitement in their summer break this time around. Rather than watching other clubs spend money like there's no tomorrow, Arsene Wenger and the club have well and truly loosened the purse-strings.

For a number of years previously, we have seen the North Londoners be reserved in the market. They only pounce for the right money, and it has allowed them to remain financially sound.

However, the harrowing absence of a Premier League trophy in a damaging decade has born a new era of heavy spending for the Gunners. This won't necessarily mean more success after last year's FA Cup win.

New era

Alexis Sanchez, star of the Chile squad at the World Cup, has become the first marquee signing of 2014 in a big money move from Barcelona. But has Wenger been unnecessarily forced to back into a corner, out of his comfort zone, to go large for Sanchez?

Nobody can question the talent of the 25-year-old - that much is clear - but it remains to be seen whether he can cut it in the Premier League.

Former flops

The Gunners have a rich history of signing forwards/wingers with no experience of the English top flight who have then struggled and flopped. Jose Antonio Reyes, Carlos Vela, Julio Baptista and Gervinho to name but a few. 

It will almost certainly take time for Sanchez to gel. His start at Barca wasn't spectacular. Despite playing for arguably the world's greatest team in a generally straightforward La Liga for the Catalans - he notched just 20 league goals in two seasons.

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Last year was of course an improvement scoring 21 in all competitions, but he must start learning a new culture and style from scratch again.

Expectations

Olivier Giroud frustrated Arsenal fans last season despite scoring more than 20 goals. If that isn't enough - at a fee of around a whooping £30 million - Sanchez could very well find it tough to justify Arsenal's lavish spending as they go for Premier League glory. 

Previously Wenger had preferred value, and Chamakh epitomised that. The Moroccan came from Bordeaux as a strong player with an eye for goal who had the strength to mix it in England. Of course, it never quite worked like that - but things could have been so much different.

Chamakh unlucky

Roll back the clock to the  2010/11 season. Robin van Persie was still a Gunner who struggled with injuries and Chamakh was asked to lead the line fresh off the plane from France. 

He would go-on to score 11 goals by Christmas, nobody can deny that being a decent total. However, Van Persie came back and it all went wrong. Chamakh went from an in-form starter to a frustrated bench-warmer without doing a lot wrong. Footballers have egos, that would hurt even the hardiest of individuals. 

Chamakh never really recovered at the Emirates Stadium and was shipped to Crystal Palace. At Selhurst Park - after a tough start - Tony Pulis reinvigorated his career. 

You may look at his total of six goals and wonder what really changed. Lest we forget though, the Eagles were a certainty for a drop and their strikers received little, if any decent service. Even Lionel Messi would struggle for a hatful in that situation.

Nevertheless - Chamakh scored crucial goals in crucial games. Five of his strikes came either as winners or in victories. 15 points secured - Palace stayed up by 12.

With a new lease of life and a better attitude, Chamakh would've been a bargain as a free-agent for Arsenal this summer. He, unlike Sanchez, is now well versed in the Premier League and he would face no sort of prce-tag pressure. With better service than at Palace from quality players like Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he could score buckets more. 

Bendtner change

Nicklas Bendtner faced similar struggles, though some of those were of his own making. His ridiculous levels of self confidence never matched up with the number of times he too sat on the bench behind Thierry Henry, then Emanuel Adebayor, then Van Persie, then Giroud. 

Even still, his goal record was just shy of one-in-three for the Gunners - not bad when you consider most of the 150+ appearances were less than 90 minutes. As the main player for the Denmark national squad, the 26-year-old has been prolific (nearly one-in-two).

The former Juventus loanee obviously needs a change of attitude, but similarly, he needs to be loved. He has the ability and stats to prove he can be a top marksman and lead centre-forward.

Maybe a summer of relatively unappealing options for the newly-released man may well get the clogs strumming over in his head. It could all work-out for the talented Dane.

Premier League experience

Both Chamakh and Bendtner know what defenders in England are like. Sanchez, in comparison, does not possess the same physical presence and could suffer early-on. At £30million, it seems like a big risk to be taking.

A player of that class will probably jump the hurdles eventually, but in the meantime there are better options to aid Arsenal's recovery as Sanchez gradually gets up to speed with the game in the Premier League.  

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