Arsene Wenger can be very happy with his purchase of Marouane Chamakh. The Moroccan striker scored his fifth goal for his new club in the 2-1 victory over Birmingham and he was involved with both his side’s goals as the former Bordeaux man put in an action-packed performance.
Chamakh was brought down by Scott Dann in the area just before the half time interval and Samir Nasri made no mistake from the penalty spot.
For the second, Chamakh snuck in behind the Birmingham defence and was found by Jack Wilshire, before the striker jinked past a tackle to finish nicely. No one had made Birmingham betting tips to win the game before kickoff, but in the end Chamakh’s influence was vital to ensure the home side picked up three points.
The French born striker, who has made more than 50 appearances for Morocco, joined the club on a free transfer from Bordeaux in the summer and has endeared himself to his new fans with a series of impressive performances. Wenger had been a long time admirer of Chamakh, but had never been able to agree a fee with Bordeaux. The 26-year-old forward allowed his contract with the French club to expire and jumped at the chance to sign at the Emirates.
However, the striker’s goal tally this season might have come as something of a surprise to Wenger. In Chamakh’s 230 appearances for Bordeaux, he contributed a modest 56 goals. As with so many players over the years, playing under Wenger seems to be bringing the best out in the Moroccan.
Chamakh’s form couldn’t have come at a better time for manager Wenger, who has been without Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner for much of the new campaign. Chamakh’s performance showed his ability to play as a lone front man as well as in a partnership.
Arsenal will need their newest striker to carry on his form into the rest of the campaign. He bagged another goal as the side kept up its 100 per cent record in Europe when they hosted Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donesk, and the Champions League betting suggests they have every chance of pushing on in the competition.
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