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Arsenal Finally Get Rid Of Chamakh – Replaced By David Villa?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has started to cut the deadwood from his squad with striker Marouane Chamakh joining West Ham on loan until the end of the season.

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Marouane Chamakh leaves Arsenal.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has started to cut the ‘deadwood’ from his squad with the news that striker Marouane Chamakh has joined West Ham on loan until the end of the season, the club confirmed on their official website

The Moroccan forward made a good start to life in north London after joining from Bordeaux in 2010, scoring 10 times in the opening four months of the season. However, his form nose-dived when Robin van Persie returned to fitness in the New Year and he has struggled to make an impact over the last 18 months, and has not made a Premier League start since October 2011.

But West Ham have offered the 28-year-old an escape route from the Emirates with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirming to Sky Sports News that they’ve agreed a deal to take the striker on loan until the end of the season.

“We’ve struck a deal with Arsenal, I’m glad to say but unfortunately our registration went through too late and they’ve refused to allow him to be available for selection tomorrow (against Manchester United).

“I think that will be it in terms of strikers. We’re due to get Andy Carroll back (to fitness) so we should be okay.” Allardyce told Sky Sports

The 28-year-old has clearly fallen out-of-favour with boss Arsene Wenger so a move to Upton Park should suit all parties. With Andy Carroll out injured, West Ham need a striker and this way Chamakh can stay in London until the summer when he may secure a permanent move away from the club.

He’s never really been ‘Arsenal class’ but he always gave his all for the team so I wish him well at West Ham. But from Arsenal’s perspective, his departure makes room in the squad for a striker to come in this month and I’d like to think Arsene will be on the case quickly.

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We badly need another attacking option to compliment Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott so fingers crossed the boss brings us a late Christmas present soon. My preferred option would be David Villa. Some may say i’m dreaming but claim we’ve made an official move and are willing to pay up to €17m for the Spaniard.

Who knows if the Goal report is accurate or not but we are Arsenal Football Club and it’s about time we were more adventurous in the transfer market, so pick up the phone Arsene, pull in a few favours from the Catalans and land Villa!

Who would you like Wenger to sign this month? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. SalsaSook

    January 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Arsenal are subsidising chamakh’s wage. so no villa as we are still paying chamakh

  2. Matt Power

    January 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I agree Villa would be a great signing but i don’t understand this view that the main thing we need is a striker. We need a DM! We have no fluidity when counter attacking (the best part of Arsenal’s game during the invincibles) because we have no big guy with long strides storming out of our half with the ball. Arteta is a great footballer, and so is Wilshere but neither of them fill this void. When Viera used to go in for a 50-50, you knew he was coming out with that ball…but i can’t say the same for any of our midfielders any more. Diame or M’Vila would be ideal players to play in the middle of the park with either Wilshere or Arteta and behind Cazorla. Also, Does anyone else agree the Rosicky should be starting after his form towards the end of last season?? I know he was injured but he’s been back a while now…

    • Goonerboyo

      January 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Rosicky.. Yes on form but we have too many similar players. He can’t really be fully fit if so could be used to rest Cazorla.
      Wenger can no longer make a decision. He dithers and by the time he may or may not make a decision, it is too late.
      He is also incredibly disingenuous and arrogant judging by his most recent utterance.

  3. Olanrewaju

    January 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Wenger is a foolish man

  4. Rocket

    January 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Chamak was never given a chance to play when RVP was fit he never got a look in he played well when he had a consistant run of games. Mark my words he will do well at West Ham if given the chance to start regularly

  5. jarule omiragua

    January 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Arsene wenger always like given stories.b4 d transfer window opened,wenger has listed all the players he wanted 2 sign or buy during d january transfer window.but now he is given all d gunners fans a funny stories,and puting hope on all is injured players.

  6. jarule omiragua

    January 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Wenger should sign players and stop putting hope on this current squad.the squad dont have weight 2 win anytin.
    The defensive line is zero.most expecially left back(3 no experience).and the attacking line is very poor.
    Let Wengers sign players.

  7. Lateef ola

    January 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Up,,,up,,,up,,,,,,,, gunnas our problem is wenga becaus if we are say about money we ve a nove of money 2 spend but this stupid man would spend it we fan we need a trupy pls mr greddy give us quality player not quantity.

  8. Arsenal1Again

    January 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I know for a certainty that M’vila is gash. I have seen many games where he played and every time I have been glad he did not sign for us. In Euro ’12 he was even worse, shockingly bad.

    It’s not a surprise that teams have not gone in for him.

    I am embarrassed for people when they write on blogs about this guy. It’s clear they’ve not seen him play and vlearer

  9. jimino

    January 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    All i want is wenger shld go, he cnt win any trophy wit arsenal again bcos he dnt wat is wrong wit d team. D board shld allow anoda coach come in pls.

  10. Ken

    January 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Wenger is our prblm,if u dnt buy players hw do u wnt 2 win trophies?let him stop ds gredy tn nd splash cash on gud 3,no gud attacker nd no gud strcker y mr A.W ?

  11. Paul komolafe

    January 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Arsene wenger what is going? You promise b4 this market will that you will be very busy, now they hv open, other clubs hv gotten 1 or 2 player, you ar busy selling players, enough of this rubbish, get us esperience players.

  12. Ken

    January 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Up goners…if wenga refuse 2 buy players ds month,we dnt nid him again cuz we d fans dnt wnt 2 dia of highpertention…we nid quality nd nt quantity tanx

  13. Goonerboyo

    January 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    We need
    1 defensive midfielder. Robust and athletic
    2 3 5 6:- a decent back 4
    A change of management

    • Goonerboyo

      January 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Also…… posts in proper English please

  14. Hayden

    January 5, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I think we have bidded £13.8 million for David Villa, but I believe he is not worth this much as his age is not great, £10 tops for someone his age

  15. Stephenmicheal

    January 5, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Arsene wenger sud pls dig his hand in d club pocket n splash money on david villa. He is a very experience player n a player who knows d net. And again Arsene wenger sud help us in buyin a defensive midfielder.

  16. benedict

    January 5, 2013 at 3:01 am

    How long will wenger continue with stories always relying on injured players. Arsenal legend over the years have said it over and over that babies can’t win trophy for you. Yet he kept on with his developing policy for eight good years without a trophy. Honestly we are tired of flimsy stories he should enter transfer market a make a major signing

  17. joe

    January 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

    wenger pls go and get us david villa & 1 defence mildfilda

  18. bright uwana

    January 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    i wish charmack wel at west harm

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