Marouane Chamakh wasn't wired like David Fairclough, Ole Gunnar Solskjær or Roger Milla to be a spark off the bench.
Chamakh never embraced the role of being a backup because he had spent most of his career as a starting No. 9.
The best thing that happened to him at Arsenal was Robin van Persie breaking down.
The worst thing to happen to Chamakh at Arsenal was RVP coming back better than ever.
Chamakh was given several chances of which he didn't take advantage. He only averaged 0.7 shots per game in limited minutes during the 2011-12 Premier League season.
Against Stoke City last October, he was dominated by Ryan Shawcross for most of the game. Chamakh was replaced by Robin van Persie in the 66th minute with the game tied at 1-1.
The Dutchman scored a brace in nine minutes as the Gunners won 3-1.
If you want one game to encapsulate Chamakh's time with the Gunners, it has to be the 1-0 win over Leeds United.
Chamakh watched from the bench as Thierry Henry sneaked in behind the inexperienced Zac Thompson, immaculately controlled Alex Song's perfect through ball and tucked the ball past Andrew Lonergan.
The Moroccan probably thought, "Wow, that took Thierry 10 minutes to score. Why didn't that happen to me when I was on the field for 68 minutes?"
Three years, two months and 20 days ago, Chamakh said (via The Telegraph):
I am angry. I am even disgusted. I don’t understand why people are doing this [blocking a move to Arsenal].
To go to Arsenal, it’s my dream. I am a year from the end of my contract and the club [Bordeaux] wants to make it all about money. What the club is asking for isn’t fair.
That dream has turned into a nightmare.
The ultimate irony of Chamakh taking the moral high ground about money is clubs that are interested in signing him right now are put off by the £50,000 per-week salary he commands.
If you're an Arsenal supporter, comment below with how you'll remember Chamakh.
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