Chamakh deal a welcome distraction for Arsenal

Morrocan International Marouane Chamakh has finally been unveiled as Arsenal's first signing of the close season. Gunners fans can now look forward to seeing him in action next term with an explosive strike partnership with Robin Van Persie very much on the cards. What impressed me was his desire to move for strictly footballing reasons, turning down overtures from Liverpool; who were very interested and offered him a more lucrative contract. A self confessed Arsenal fan growing up, he has never hidden his desire to wear the red and white colours and improve his game under Arsene Wenger. For several foreign stars, the bright lights and the height of football reside in Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Not for Chamakh it seems, who, at 26 years of age, has realised his dream by coming to the Emirates. Refreshing.That is not to say the current Arsenal skipper, Cesc Fabregas, is in the wrong for having his head turned by Barcelona, the club who raised him. Cesc has undoubted love for Arsenal, and plays his heart out every time he steps out on the pitch. However there hasn't been many players in recent years who see Arsenal as the pinnacle of their careers, the place where their dreams can be achieved, which is why it's a nice change to see a player who will commit the peak years of his career to the Gunners and give it his all in a quest for glory. A fighter, says Arsene Wenger of Chamakh. How Arsenal have lacked that. As a new warrior gears up for battle, another looks set to depart. Or will he? More players with Chamakh's attitude and ability could well turn the Spaniard's head back in Arsenal's direction.

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