Italian giants still chasing Gunners striker

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Italian side Fiorentina have failed in a bid to take Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan, but are ready to come with a permanent offer say Talksport.


The Gunners forward has scored just one goal this season and has been unable to make an impact at Emirates Stadium since his early days at Arsenal.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has lost patience with the Moroccan international after a year of lacklustre performances.


Although the 28-year-old has had to play understudy to the free-scoring Robin van Persie, he has been unimpressive when given chances to shine.


There were comments from the player in recent weeks saying he would fight for his place, but would only accept not playing too often for so long.


It appears the Serie A club are ready to offer a lifeline to the former Bordeaux man, but their initial offer did not match Arsenal’s expectations.


La Viola only wanted to take Chamakh until the end of the season but the north London side are unwilling to entertain anything other than a permanent transfer.


It was thought this may have killed off the deal but it now appears that the Italians’ desperation for a striker in January will force them to put together an offer more to The Gunners’ liking.


Wenger has responded to a lack of goals form players other than Van Persie by bringing in club legend Thierry Henry on loan for six weeks.


Henry’s sensational goalscoring return against Leeds United on Monday – where he replaced Chamakh – has made the Moroccan’s prospects look more bleak.


Chamakh will have a chance for some respite while he is away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations for the next three weeks.

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