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Arsenal accused of dirty tricks in the transfer market… ironic!


By Fab4.

As Marouane Chamakh is under-going a medical ahead of his free transfer move to Arsenal, the president of Bordeaux Jean-Lois Triaud has had a cheeky dig at the Gunners saying his transfer dealings with Arsenal in the past have always been complicated and he can’t understand how Chamakh can be moving to North London without ever speaking to Arsene Wenger.

Chmakh’s move to Arsenal is expected to be completed within the next few days, but Triaud claims the player has agreed to join “without ever speaking to Arsene Wenger… in what must be unique in the history of signing players in football.” He then goes on to say that Chamakh has been badly advised and he doesn’t agree with how the transfer has happened:

“I believe Marouane has been advised very badly. His departure from the club and how it happened, I do not agree at all.”He also said: “Since I have been president of this club there have only been two complicated departures: Sylvain Wiltord and Marouane Chamakh, and coincidentally both chose Arsenal… I do not jump to conclusions I am just making a point.”

We all know what he is getting at, that Arsenal have basically been ‘tapping-up’ their player and unsettling him. But how can we be accused of any wrong-doing when the player is in the last 6-months of his contract and has been free to talk to whoever he likes? Arsene could have walked up to Chamakh’s front door in broad daylight and invited himself in for coffee to discuss a move to Arsenal if he wanted to, and it would have been none of this Jean-Lois Triaud’s business!

How ironic that he accuses Arsenal of such behaviour though when Barcelona continue their shameless persuite of Cesc Fabregas with daily comments about the Arsenal captain from Barca officials and nobody batters an eyelid. Only today we have had their vice-president talking openly about how Cesc is a target for them, he wants to join them, and he will be a Barca player soon. We have heard over the past few days about how Fabregas has agreed to join Barca before the World Cup. How could that be before they have even opened discussions with Arsenal or Arsene Wenger?

This kind of stuff has happened to Arsenal for years, Vieira, Henry, Petit, Overmars, Adebayor, Fabregas to name a few, and nothing is ever done about it. So for that reason, I hope Arsenal have been slightly underhand in the signing of Chamakh, we should be a bit more ruthless in the transfer market. Every other club out there does it, why not us? He just sounds like a bitter old man who’s p*ssed because he has lost a decent player for nothing.

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Would you be bothered if Arsenal had ‘tapped-up’ Chamakh? Or does it feel good to have the shoe on the other foot for once?



  1. 23

    May 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    “Would you be bothered if Arsenal had ‘tapped-up’ Chamakh? Or does it feel good to have the shoe on the other foot for once?”

    Neither, because it’s not true. The president is just gutted to lose a prize ‘asset’; he should direct his “point” to Laurent Blanc.

  2. Gooner

    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

    If they hadn’t priced him out of the sale last summer Arsenal would have bought him then. But Jean-Lois Triaud wanted more than he is worth and Arsenal just bidded their time and got him for free.

    He should have taken the money on offer.

  3. Eddy

    May 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Cesc has a contract until 2014 and any club wanting to employ his services has to talk to Arsenal.Whereas Arsenal offered Chamakh’s current club a transfer fee last summer for his services which was turned down and now he is free to leave and join another club under the regulations as he is out of contract.He was also permitted to talk to anyone he wanted to wuith six months left of his contact so what exactly is the problem here?

  4. craig

    May 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

    i dont no what that bordeaux guy is on about, wenger tried to sign the player last year, but due to complications from bordeaux it didn’t happen, so less than a year down the line the guy is a free agent so he can talk to anyone he likes how that can be tapping up i dont kno. they could’ve sold him last year for a fee but decided they needed him for their season, so thats their folt, its all sour grapes coz they aint getting no money for a good player, but they no they only have themselves to blame so they should shut the fuck up. come on u gooners

  5. Al

    May 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    “He was also permitted to talk to anyone he wanted to wuith six months left of his contact so what exactly is the problem here?”

    Exactly what I thought, there were stories in January about West Ham and Liverpool talking to him because he was free to talk to his next club.

  6. j

    May 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Quite how you can ‘tap up’ a player when he is legally free to talk to anyone, i dont know?

    We bid for the player last summer, was turned down, and we waited until he was free to negotiate with other clubs from 1st Jan 2010.

    A cheap shot on behalf of the Bordeaux chairman, more to do with being upset at losing one of his best players i think.

  7. Leo

    May 19, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Poor Mr. Triaud. Arsenal made an offer, but you complicate things. It’s your own fault, so don’t say any stupid comments on media. It’s bad.

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