Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Top 9 Replacements for Marouane Chamakh
Arsenal are flying high and deadwood like Marouane Chamakh do not deserve to bask in the glory.
After a promising first season, Chamakh has not shown the desire or produced the results to justify his reported £50,000 a week salary.
Smoking shisha just indicates how much Chamakh cares about being a professional for Arsenal.
Here are nine possible replacements for Chamakh.
Keep in mind, these are replacements for Chamakh, meaning players who will generally come off the bench.
9. Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mainz, Age: 23
Maxim Choupo-Moting is a strong dribbler, shields the ball well, pressures defenders into making mistakes and would be a perfect impact sub.
Recently against Werder Bremen, Choupo-Moting came off the bench and scored a brace.
He has come off the bench in 36 percent of the games he has played, but has still managed to score 12 goals this season.
Whereas Marouane Chamakh has only scored once.
8. Dame N'Doye, Copenhagen, Age: 27
I watched Dame N'Doye dominate Hannover's centre-back pairing of Emanuel Pogatetz and Karim Haggui a few months back in the Europa League.
N'Doye is a battering ram and would have no issues in the Premier League.
Last season, he scored a hat trick and provided two assists in a 5-2 win over Midtjylland.
7. Sanharib Malki, Roda, Age: 28
Sanharib Malki is having the best season of his life, scoring 21 goals in 27 Eredivisie games.
He'll drift in and out of games but give him a chance and he'll punish you.
The fact he has scored 21 goals for a mid-table Eredivisie club gives you an indication of his goal poaching prowess.
For someone who isn't particularly tall, he is quite good in the air, having scored five headed goals this season.
6. Michu, Rayo Vallecano, Age: 26
Michu's world class performance against Osasuna showcased how good he has been this season.
He scored twice, provided two goals and could have done better.
A few months earlier, he scored a brace against Real Madrid.
He plays a deep-lying forward role for Rayo Vallecano and his 15 league goals from 74 shots make for great reading.
5. Danny Graham, Swansea City, Age: 26
Arsenal supporters should be familiar with Danny Graham given that he scored the winner against them in January.
Graham's 10 league goals indicates he can cope with Premier League defences.
He'd be a better option off the bench than Marouane Chamakh.
4. Steven Fletcher, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Age: 25
Steven Fletcher would be a bargain basement pickup if Wolverhampton Wanderers are relegated. This is a guy that has the ability to score 10-15 goals a season.
Arsène Wenger could throw Fletcher on with 15 minutes left and bank on the Scotsman to score a headed goal.
3. Jelle Vossen, Genk, Age: 23
Jelle Vossen could have scored three against Chelsea when Genk drew 1-1 in the UEFA Champions League.
Vossen has scored 20 goals this season and scored 26 the season before.
2. Kevin Mirallas, Olympiacos, Age: 24
Kevin Mirallas can play on the left, the right and in the centre.
His versatility plus his natural talent will appease Arsène Wenger.
Mirallas' four goals against Asteras Tripolis is further proof that the Belgian is too good for the Greek Superleague.
1. Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, Ajax, Age: 22
As I feared, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson's development has stagnated since he moved from AZ to Ajax.
An ankle fractured debilitated his season but he recently returned and scored off the bench against Heracles.
Sigþórsson has a high ceiling for success and Arsenal should take a risk on the Icelander.
Either that or submit a cheeky bid for Viktor Fischer, who I thought was excellent during the NextGen Series.
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