Ian Holloway has revealed that Crystal Palace have signed Arsenal’s Moroccan striker, Marouane Chamakh, on a one-year deal, which can be extended, if Crystal Palace can stay up in the Premier League at the end of this season. He has blasted Arsenal for not giving Chamakh enough chance at Arsenal, saying,
“Arsenal were fools not to pick him. When they did, he scored. And you can’t score goals when you’re understudy to Robin van Persie and not be picked, can you?”
He is right about one point though. Chamakh was in great scoring form, when he came to the Emirates, but was thrown out of the starting line-up after Van Persie returned from, probably his 10th injury (which shows how much Wenger believed in the Dutchman, who eventually betrayed it).
However, on occasions when he has played, recently, he hasn’t seemed like the top striker that Arséne Wenger had fought hard to sign on a Bosman. Holloway seems to be singing the same tune that Sam Allardyce was, when West Ham signed Chamakh on a six month loan in January, which we all know, how it panned out, which Chamakh only appearing 3 times for the Hammers, and making zero appearances after 31st January. Only time will tell, how this transfer works out.