Marouane Chamakh hits out at Arsene Wenger

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Until yesterday, Marouane Chamakh had drifted totally out of the picture in English football.

Step forward Neil Warnock and Cardiff City, who have given the 32-year-old forward another chance to prove his doubters wrong.

Chamakh had been a free agent following his release from Crystal Palace at the end of last season, hence why he is able to join a new club outside of the transfer window.

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Of course, he was first brought to the majority of Premier League fans' attention when he signed for Arsenal in 2010.

The striker had previously spent his entire career at Bordeaux and proved to be a real flop at the Emirates.

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He yielded just 14 goals from 67 appearances during his three-year spell in north London but has subsequently hit out at manager Arsene Wenger for how he was treated by the Frenchman.

"When I started, it was great," Chamakh told RMC Sport, as per the Evening Standard.

"I took advantage of the injury to [Robin] van Persie, which left me free rein.

"I played for six months, I scored goals, I was decisive. In January [2011], Robin returned from injury and overnight, I landed on the bench without justification.

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"It is clear that I am a little annoyed at [Wenger] because I think I deserved more playing time than what I was given.

Wenger is usually one of the better managers at keeping his players happy, however, the new Cardiff City signing also highlighted that a series of broken promises eventually forced him to move on.

He added: "As the year began, at the start of the season, he told me that we might change tactics and maybe I would be able to play up front with Robin.

"They were just promises; nothing happened in the end. Robin was much stronger than me.

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"For the aims that I had, I think it was a little bit a lack of respect. I started well and then the next day it slipped away.

"He asked me to be patient, told me that Robin would not string together more than 10 matches, he was going to be injured, but it lasted a whole year. I then made the decision to leave."

Given how inconsistent Chamakh was in an Arsenal shirt, it's unlikely the forward will get much sympathy from his old fans.

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He will certainly be hoping for a bit more love from his new boss Warnock in Wales.

Cardiff have made a wretched start to the season and sit second-bottom in the Championship after 11 matches.

After being appointed earlier this week, Warnock has brought in a flurry of new signings and he clearly thinks Chamakh's experience in the top flight can help guide the Bluebirds away from danger.

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