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Chamakh and Arshavin.

Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh set to reunite at one of Europe's most obscure clubs

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There seems to be an unlikely ex-Arsenal presence springing up in the old Eastern Bloc, and Gunners fans could soon be keeping a furtive glance on proceedings in the Kazakh Premier League.

The fledgling league is looking to attract a number of bigger name players (or bigger than they're currently used to at least) and it would appear that Arsenal are early contenders to act as a feeder club.

Earlier on in the year, veteran midfielder and former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin decided to quit his native Russia to cross the border and turn out for Kazakh club FC Kairat.

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So far, the baby-faced 35-year-old has has featured a total of 32 times, scoring 10 goals in the process and has added a touch of class to the club's midfield area.

And he could now be set to be joined by another ex-Gunner, whose career is on the skids on the fast track to nowhere.

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Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh never quite lived up to the hype at the Emirates, having arrived as a Ligue 1 champion from Bordeaux in 2010, he brought with him a reputation as one of the games brightest young talents.

However, 67 games and 14 goals later and he was shipped out on loan to West Ham before being allowed to leave on a free transfer with nothing to show for his efforts.

Downward spiral

Now at the age of 32, he signed for Championship side Cardiff City over the summer upon his release from Crystal Palace, but has so far made just a single appearance for the Bluebirds.

And now it is reported that Kairat could offer him the chance to resurrect his career alongside his former Arsenal teammate.

The story comes from Kazakh news site Vesti, who claim that the deal could go ahead in January.

It was then given further fuel by local football journalist Peter Volikov, who made a reference to the story on his personal Instagram page.

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