After all the tedious speculations, it's over. Arsenal completed the signing of Moroccan hitman Marouane Chamakh on a free transfer. It's heartening news for all the supporters and the ones associated with Arsenal.
But this transfer is marred by the constant talk of Fabregas moving to Barcelona. Now it appears that Barcelona have made an official approach in order to start negotiation.
If Fabregas has indeed requested for a move away from Arsenal to play for his childhood club then Arsene Wenger has no option but to sell him. Why to continue with a player whose heart is elsewhere?
Back to our topic, Chamakh's arrival is like an oasis in the desert called Arsenal. The only question is can this oasis finally provide the necessary fertile tract needed to end the long-run drought? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, Chamakh is overjoyed after inking a long term contract and is looking forward to working with Wenger.
He is excited about playing in front of the loyal, intelligent, and supportive Arsenal fans in an exquisite stadium—The Emirates.
He's willing to give his everything to end the misery-run of Arsenal. He has also stated that he dreamt of playing for Arsenal one day as a child, and now he's overzealous after fulfilling his childhood dream, and why not?
This player clearly has got a clue about the history of Arsenal, which is not the case with some of the current squad members.
Players like Chamakh is the need of the hour. And the likes of Fran Merida should be shipped out of the club. Arsenal provided him with all the resources to blossom into a better player after picking him up from a crowded Barcelona youth squad.
But now he seems to be unhappy with his current situation at Arsenal and wants to move to a third-grade team like Atletico Madrid and that even on a free transfer.
Why didn't he request for a season-long loan spell to a decent club before trying to make a breakthrough into the Arsenal first team?
The answer is simple. He doesn't have belief in his abilities and doesn't appear to be loyal. He feels he's only good enough to play for a third-grade team.
Despite anything to the contrary, he's a closed chapter on the mind of most Arsenal fans, including me. So, his story ends here. Good luck Merida.
The super-confident Dane's role could be restricted from now on since Chamakh is going to be an automatic choice ahead of him, and I can't see Wenger reverting back to his 4-4-2 after the new-look 4-3-3 garnering so much success.
So, are we in for an exodus of strikers from Arsenal?
The likes of Carlos Vela and Eduardo are surprisingly poor and don't even have the quality to feature on the substitute bench.
Eduardo surely deserves one more year to re-discover his old-form which saw him conquer the hearts of Arsenal fans all over the world before a brutal tackle from Martin Taylor ended his swift run in the Premiership.
But what to do with an enigmatic striker like Vela? Does he deserve any more chance to prove himself?
The answer lies with Wenger and soon he will let us know.
Chamakh's arrival came as a soothing effect for me, and I am sure most of the Arsenal fans would have had a similar confidence-boosting effect.
And I, like many other Arsenal supporters, would like to see more energetic players arriving in the forthcoming weeks, at least two or three more players before the start of the World Cup.
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