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Guess which EPL manager loves a bargain?

May 22, 2010

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?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Hogun permalink
    May 22, 2010 13:06

    Man city and Chelsea were never in for Chamakh, so you’re wrong there. Liverpool, Tots and West Ham were in for him, cos he’s free. He wasn’t really rejecting big pay packets in order to sign for us. Wow, Chamakh! He’s really got us excited hasn’t he. World class player, the type that we need. Just as exciting as when when we signed Eduardo. Chamakh will be the next Henry in a few years time, when we’ll eventually win the Prem and Champions League. Great stuff.
    In all honesty, we’re not going to win anything under Wenger. Chamakh will score a couple of headers. And we’ll all be licking our lips over the next free nimble signing from france.

    • george permalink
      May 22, 2010 14:27

      can you help me hang myself,miserable c*nt

    • Anonymous permalink
      May 22, 2010 14:50

      Well there may be a few facts wrong but you’re also totally off target by saying we’ll win nothing under Wenger – you idiots come out with comments like that but don’t suggest anyone to replace him -if you don’t have a positive thing to say – then shut it

    • Padraic Connell permalink
      May 22, 2010 18:40

      i dont mind him bein a negastive bstrd if he was constructive in his comments, but for all the reasoning these people give they might as well have shaken a lucky 8 ball and asked whether well win trophys under wenger.
      Contrast this with gunners taking a positive view on things and they can list reason a-z why we will win stuff with wenger… its probly cos theyre really sp*ds!

  2. May 22, 2010 14:59

    way to welcome our new signing Hogun. I didn’t say Chelsea and Man City were interested. I simply said Chamakh could have courted attention from them as he would have been a free agent.

    Change of subject. Now that we’ve signed Chamakh, does RVP’s role in the team change? Does he play behind Chamakh as a support striker or would it be the other way around.?

    • Anonymous permalink
      May 22, 2010 15:54

      rvp hardly scores with his head, so i wud like to see chamakh playin in the center flanked by btner and rvp.

  3. gooner gal permalink
    May 22, 2010 17:08

    Hogun – Arsenal are probably not the be all and end all of your problems, maybe if you sort the others out first it will help a little.

    I’m a ‘glass is half full rather than half empy’ kinda person. Vermaelen, had the same negative press – He has been a massive success, which Wenger has not been given enough credit for bringing to the club.

    I think the fact that Chamakh gives formation options, depth and greater competition will be a good thing. It will certainly make selection strategies against us a lot harder.

    I think West Ham, Sunderland, Liverpool, Tots some Italian & Greek teams offered him big money – well alot more than we are paying him.

    I am new to this site and I think this is a well written balanced article.

    I am a massive Arsenal fan and a big Wenger fan, its too cheap and easy to pull/put down a club or person rather than build up. I am in this for the long haul and think fans should get behind the club and manager.

    • May 22, 2010 17:39

      You’re right that Vermaelen’s success was kinda watered down in the media because of how our season tailed off. Then again he wasn’t playing the last few games was he. They don’t mind showing sympathy when Utd had a few injuries but when the same happened for us, oh no we’ve not got the squad depth and we’re not good enough.

      I’m looking forward to seeing how Arsene uses his options now. Didn’t get the impression from him that he will sell any one of our strikers/forward players.


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