Marouane Chamakh has completed his move to Crystal Palace on a one-year deal, Ian Holloway has confirmed.
The Moroccan fell out of favour in his second season at the club after joining in 2010 from Bordeaux on a free transfer. The form of Robin Van Persie saw Chamakh receive limited chances and the arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud pushed Chamakh further down the pecking order, with Theo Walcott preferred as a striker over Chamakh on many occasions.
The forward didn’t play a single minute in Arsenal’s Premier League campaign last season but did manage two goals in their 7-5 Capital One Cup victory over Reading. He was sent out on loan to West Ham in January where he failed to make an impact.
There had been complications over the details of the deal with Palace wanting a loan deal but Arsenal preferring a permanent move, which was eventually agreed on.
He becomes Palace’s seventh summer signing after Jerome Thomas, Kevin Phillips, Elliot Grandin, Stephen Dobbie and Jose Campana as well as club record signing Dwight Gayle.
Chamakh is also the third player to leave the Emirates after Gervinho’s move to Roma and Ignasi Miquel’s season long loan to Leicester City.