How on Earth is Chamakh a flop?!!?!

By on April 20, 2011

Oh my God! Did I just read what I read? The great Goal.com have just labeled Marouane Chamakh…. a flop? Huh? What?! Do they actually watch football? Do they actually watch the Premier League? After reading that…. I highly doubt it.

Fine ok, Chamakh isn’t having the best of seasons and he looks a bit short of confidence, but he is one of the MAIN reasons why the Gunners are still fighting for the title. His performances in the first half of the season have been excellent and his scoring record of 7 goals and 4 assists in his first 12 games, justifies it, with an overall tally of 11 goals and 4 assists in 38 matches so far (many of those matches, Chamakh wasn’t in the starting line-up).

In my opinion, that is a respectable tally and since he also he came on a free, it was an acceptable transfer value. Why on Earth does a top website like Goal.com make this ridiculous opinion that he’s a flop?! There are certainly better candidates out there for flop of the season with a few examples like Milner and James Perch (who hasn’t played a match since scoring an own goal in the beginning of the season). Chamakh has played more and done more than those two and many more in the Premier League and he doesn’t deserve to be one of the flops of the season.

What do you fellow Gooners think? Do you agree or disagree with Goal.com?

Here is the link to the article on Goal.com:

http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2011/04/18/2446895/from-fernando-torres-to-bebe-the-premier-leagues-10-worst

Cheers everyone and let’s root for our team tonight!

Submitted by Omar from o-posts

28 Comments

  1. adrian

    April 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Not many strikers move to the premiership and hit top form immediatley. Chamakh has taken time to adapt to the speed of the play compared the french league. He also led the line early in the season when van persie was out injured. He will start next year a better player more adapted to the demands of the premiership.

  2. Tony

    April 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Omar i couldnt agree more with you about Chamakh! I have been singing his praise all season and get frustrated every single time i see Bendtner getting stripped. Like you said, most of his 38 apps have come as a sub, but more importantly, they’ve come as a 75+ minute sub!! aaand as a left sided advanced winger!!! he is the best offensive header in the league and he plays him wide!!

    But yes, I am a season ticket holder and you can always feel the buzz when he gets stripped off!

    I truely believe that given his chance next year, he could be that target man we so clearly lack.

  3. gunner dan

    April 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Chamakh started the season brilliantly, scoring and getting assists. The, as he said, he got tired due to the pace of the league, but even then, his work for the team in his link up play and giving us another option rather than 5 foot passes means he was a great signing and can only keep improving

  4. ombado

    April 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Chamakh is a good striker judging from the few games he’s played under gunners banner! you call him a flop and I ask what u call others who I should never mention in EPL. It’s only a matter of time before the real morrocan becomes an icon. But we would love to see him shoot with power, his only weakness. He is forever a prodigy not a flop, guys.

  5. Southerngooner

    April 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Goal.com writers are a joke. You only need to see what they write in player reviews to know that they don’t even watch a full match. That’s why they always take forever to write a review, they need to wait for someone to come up with a highlights video first.

    • Southerngooner

      April 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

      I meant player ratings

  6. Zack

    April 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Chamakh has undoubtedly made an impact in the first 1/2 of the season. However, ever since the return of RVP he hasn’t really been used much. Therefore he should not be judged and criticised. Chamakh should be more often used in front of RVP allowing him to run behind the defensive lines and be used in the box for his great aerial ability. I do feel that RVP has been playing “a behind a striker role” and CHAMAKH would be a perfect fit to combine with RVP up front.

  7. Jimbo

    April 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Chamakh scored a load of tap-ins at the start of the season, but has been figured out – mediocre striker, typical of Wenger trying to do things on the cheap!

  8. Jimbo

    April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, and the reason he hasn’t been used much is that, after the first couple of months of the season, when he has played, he’s been terrible. His starts have been terrible, and his sub appearances have been terrible.

    He’s an awful player.

    • gooner 14

      April 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Evidently you dont know what your talking about. He is a great player and i think he’ll be a hit next year even more than he has been this year. He’s only adapting christ it took Drogba ages to start scoring at Chelsea and i think he will be a asset for us in the future.

  9. Mr K

    April 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Dude, goal.com are a bunch of wannabes that find articles no matter how unrealistic or fake they are, they will post it on their site. Their journalism is horrible. I’d rather read your blog and every other gooner’s blog than their crap because I dont trust them at all and they really are out of touch with the real world.

    Chamakh kept us in the league in the first 4 months and did RVP’s job. We could not have asked more of him.

    Jimbo…you’e a moron who started watching football 3 months ago.

    Coming from French Ligue to EPL is no easy thing and first season’s usually are a bit crap for them. He has toughened up and will prove himself to us.

    I want to see all these assholes who call him a shit player, next season when he’s challenging RVP for top scorer.

    Seriously some gooners are just spoilt brats who can only appreciate players when its convenient for them.

  10. ombado

    April 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    jimbo be realistic. give caesar what belongs to him. are u really a fanatic?

  11. Dan

    April 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I agree with Jimbo, Chamakh’s a terrible player and even though he scored a few goals, I think any self-respecting striker from League 1 upwards would have converted the chances that he did. Even during his ‘good form’, I still remember him missing a number of gilt-edged chances.

    There’s this myth as well that he’s good in the air. People who say this are just thinking because he’s tall, he must be, but they’re wrong.

    I never wanted Chamakh at Arsenal, I don’t want to see that donkey play for Arsenal and I pray that Marseille offer to take him off our hands. It’s nothing personal, he is an Arsenal fan and obviously works hard, but he’s 27 and I don’t think he’ll get any better.

  12. Gooner

    April 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    He’s a flop because he was brought as a striker but quickly became a defensive midfielder

  13. paul

    April 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I think he has done well with the chances he has been given. All strikers have a settling in time from the likes of bergkamp,henry and even torres at liverpool. He just needs to believe in himself and work hard to force himself back into the side. I think he should focus also in building his upper body strength to cope with the strong central defenders in the premiership and remind himself that he has also worked hard to get in the right place at the right time but has been unliky due to some good saves from keepers too. It will come if he is patient and realises rome wasnt built in a day and he is still young. The important thing is to work on the attributes he clearly has for the remainder of the season ready for next.

  14. paul

    April 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    well maybe not young but new to the league lol

  15. WengersGuideDog

    April 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    i cant believe you are getting wound up by an article from goal.com

  16. Arsenal1Again

    April 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Chamakh has a great WORK RATE …. He’s always involved. It’s way too early to judge him. When Bobby Pires was the same distance into his Arsenal career as Chamakh is now, he was whinging about the toughness of the English game, he was saying he was leaving, that he has a lucky pair of undepants, etc …. but then look at what happened!!!! Henry didn’t start scoring in earnest until late in his first season. Goal.com have made a poor judgement.

  17. taithom

    April 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    to me chamakh has been a good signing but his adaptation is slow,plus is statistic is good

  18. Gooner13

    April 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Chamakh did well at the start for us but honestly who couldn’t put those tap ins other than that he doesn’t shoot he rather pass it back sure he can head but when do we ever put a good cross in people. We still need a out and out striker that will put the fear of god into back lines we have no one RVP he is class but people all know his only one tackle away from been out injured again. B52 people bang on at him so much why? His 23 did anyone know Drogba at 23?? No and when he comes off the bench he doesn’t even play down the middle he goes out to the wing….. We need to go back to 442 if the games not working for us RVP and B52 together up front or chamakh. We need a striker that is going to score us 20+ a season and big tall strong CB, DM cover for song and a top line goalkeeper about 30sumthing so in a few years Szczesny can take over.

    Do you agree with my comment?

  19. Mr K

    April 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    By the way, he came as a free transfer and you spoilt brats rate him on the same level as Fabregas and RVp who have been at Arsenal for years and have had shittier games than Chamakh.

    Paul and Jimbo should get a room and play Football Manager.

  20. 9jagun

    April 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    the guy that wrote that article and all those claiming that Chamakh is a flop are all flops. in his first game in the premiership where he hasnt been starting since vanpersie recovered. he has done what torres cant do being that he already knows how it is here. u are all flops

  21. Archimedes

    April 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    He is definitely not a flop unless you cast judgement on less than 1/2 season and that disqalifies you from being a responible fan. In fact it makes you an impatient fan, far removed from the reality of building and running

  22. leecrossland

    April 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Chamack needs time. I beleive if RVP’s injury had been longer he would have kept up his form. The pace of the league and not having consistent starts has meant continuity of his form has dropped. Next season will be Chamack’s breakthrough once Wenger accomadates a system for him and RVP. Lets also not forget the consecutuve champs league scoring run Maourane went on,…

  23. Velagoon

    April 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    @gunner13 . . . . Ooh for heavens sake,if u’v watched football leave alone understand anything never write shit about “who cant score tap-ins “.Thats idiotic and nonsense coz a billion tap-ins are missed every single season.Was’nt that what bendtner missed vs barca at camp nou ?? a tap in ??think then we’d be thru if only u were there to “SCORE THAT EASY TAP IN “

  24. ROKUDAIME

    April 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    when goal.com celebrates emmanuel adebayo as a world best player, nothing else suprises me!

  25. carl

    April 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    i dont believe this should go

    chamakh played so good first of the season cus RVP had an injury

    as soon as RVP returned fit he stayed in subs that had decline his abilities.

    + most of his apps were as a sub in mins 75+

    i wish that he stay atleast for one more season

    what would u say about torres?

    who apps in 12 games and never scored, a 50m pound transfer while chamakh came to arsenal for free

  26. dreck

    April 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    only time will tell. Obviously, the lad has a confidence problem but he started the season in good form. I’d take him any day over POS Bendtner or Rosicky.

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