Guess which EPL manager loves a bargain?
I’ll give you a clue. In the last 6 months he has signed two players with Champions League experience on free transfers.
Forget all that bullshit about Harry Redknapp loving bargain signings, Arsene has done it yet again. He could have signed Chamakh before that but coulda woulda shoulda. If you could, for example have an xbox for free, you’d wait 6 months as well wouldn’t you?
After months and months of speculation, Chamakh is now officially a Gooner. If he is just as successful, (if not more) as the last Bordeaux player to sign for us I’ll be happy. I kinda liked the last dude from their club. He loved scoring against Utd, particularly on their turf. The players who relish the big games, not get stuck in the expecations and ‘what if we lose’ mentality. And I’ve just checked the free vid where Arsene has called Chamakh a fighter. Maybe we could have the first couscous gate at Old Trafford. On a serious note, it is nice to see that Arsene has signed a player not just for his technical qualities. Then again it isn’t the first time he has done that.
I’m in awe of Chamakh and a skeptic at the same time. Getting Sol was relatively straightforward. He trained and trained well with us. No one else really wanted him. We needed a defender and he wanted to sign for us.
With Chamakh, there were probably a lot of other clubs interested. It helps that we got in the Champions League directly but for some players money is more important isn’t it? Sorry, Sorry they sign for “the project”. The Moroccan knew he would get anything near as what he could have earned had he opted to call the likes of Man City, Chelsea etc. But he chose us.
I’m a skeptic at the same time because he says he has been a Gooner fan since he was a child. Marouane’s what 26 now? I find it hard to believe he was going crazy when the Gooners did it in 89, 91, 93 etc. Basically when we won stuff in the George Graham era. But Arsene joined in 97 didn’t he? Chamakh would have been what, 13? It is possible that the child in him then brought himself to support the Gooners. I’ve been a Gooner since late 1999 and I’m only twenteenthree. Then again I was brought up in a country where domestic league football came a distant second to the World Cup. More on that another time.
With Marouane now at the club, you can’t help thinking one striker is going to leave. Then again knowing Arsene, he’ll probably use Chamakh, Bendtner, Eduardo and Vela to replace each other as the second striker who plays on either flank. That’s our rotational injury policy. It isn’t voluntary.
Anyway, I digress. Welcome Marouane Chamakh. Here’s hoping you shut up off the pitch and score a lot of goals on it. Then again, reading the tweets last night about how cute his accent is, you wouldn’t want him to shut up completely would you?