Gunners target Colombian hitman as Chamakh replacement


Arsenal are set to make a shock move for Wigan Athletic forward Hugo Rodallega.


The Metro are reporting that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a January swoop for the Colombian forward.


It is thought the Frenchman has lost patience with Marouane Chamakh, who will not return to Emirates Stadium after the Africa Cup of Nations if the reports are to be believed.


Chamakh’s likely destination is Bordeaux – the club he left for to join Arsenal on a free transfer in 2010.


The Morocco international has had a desperate 2011 at Arsenal, scoring only twice in the whole year.


This was in stark contrast to his first few months at Emirates Stadium, when he scored seven goals in the first three months of the season.


Wenger has persisted with the 27-year-old up until now, but it seems he has finally given up on the hope of Chamakh relocating his best form.


Rodallega is thought to have interested the Gunners chief for some time, but Wenger opted for a move for Park Ju Young from Monaco in the summer.


The South Korea captain is yet to feature in the Barclays Premier League this season and many believe Wenger doesn’t think the forward can cope with the physical nature of England’s top flight.


The Wigan striker has been out of form in recent weeks, leading to his place in the starting XI going to Franco Di Santo, though Rodallega was impressive against Liverpool on Wednesday night after his introduction from the bench in the second-half.


A fee of around £5million is thought to be amount Wigan will look for to sell the Colombia international.

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