Marouane Chamakh is about as bad as they get, and the fact that he played for Arsenal still confuses us to the day.
We have lost count of the number of times the phrase worst signing ever has been thrown around. Miss a penalty? Worst signing ever! Shank a pass? Worst signing ever! Flop an ‘easy’ chance? Worst signing ever. A player is never safe from the swift and unforgiving label of worst signing ever. But how often do we genuinely mean it? Ask any Arsenal fan who witnessed the mercurial talent Marouane Chamakh strutting his stuff at the Emirates and they will tell you.
Indeed, as far as we are all concerned – that is football fans as a collective – the Moroccan is easily one of the least gifted individuals to ever stumble his way into the red and white of Arsenal. A genuine catastrophe who sits with esteemed company as one of Wenger’s worst ever signings, alongside Sebastien Squillaci, Pascal Cygan, Phillipe Senderos, Mikael Silvestre, Johan Djourou, Denilson and co.
We often find ourselves wondering how exactly Marouane Chamakh became a Premier League player, never mind an Arsenal forward. Not five years before that honour had befallen the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, and now it was vested in the useless Moroccan.
We suppose the ability was there on paper with Chamakh leaving Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in 2010 (as per The Guardian) their 8th most prolific goal scorer of all time. Make of that what you will.
Billed as a target man who excelled as holding the ball up and creating opportunities from which he teammates could feed off, he started the season in fairly promising style netting seven times and supplying a further four more in 20 Premier League appearances.
Unfortunately, whatever Chamakh was drinking in the opening half of the season must have run out because he was absolutely abysmal in the second. Just a single assist and no league goals to his name in the final 18 matches of the season makes for very poor reading. Nor did his record the following campaign, with just one goal in 11.
Needless to say, he did not survive much longer.
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