I know that Marouane Chamakh is not the most highly thought of player among Arsenal fans, but he may well have helped Arsene Wenger to aquire one of his main targets of the summer, Olivier Giroud.
The 25-year old striker for Montpellier and France has stated his intention to move from the club but does not want to discuss his future until after Euro 2012. He did not feature for France in their opening game against England, and is only likely to appear as a substitute unless one of the trio comprising Benzema, Ribery and Nasri gets injured.
Arsenal were reported to have offered Chamakh to Montpellier as part of a deal for Giroud as the Moroccan striker is very highly regarded in France and could be a direct replacement for last years Ligue 1 top scorer. As Arsenal signed Chamakh on a free transfer, it would be an excellent bit of business for us.
It seems to have worked, as Montpellier manager told French radio station RMC: “Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England. If Arsene agrees with the President, he will sign for them.”
Arsenal are thought to have offered £13 million to activate the buy-out clause in his contract, but that is cheap for such a highly rated striker. With other big clubs interested, it seems that Chamakh has made the difference. Who would have thought it?