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Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has blasted Arsene Wenger for the treatment he received in his days at the Emirates.
The Morocco international spent three years at Arsenal between 2010 to 2013 before joining Crystal Palace. The striker has now opened up on his time with us, claiming he was unfairly treated by the manager.
The striker has revealed he was unhappy playing second fiddle to Robin Van Persie and it appears he is still unhappy over how he was dropped to the bench.
He told French outlet RMC Sport: “When I started, it was great. I took advantage of the injury to Van Persie, which left me free reign. I played for six months, I’ve scored goals, I was decisive.
“[Then] in January, Robin returned from injury and overnight, I landed on the bench without justification.”
He added: “Yes, it is clear that I am a little annoyed with him [Wenger] because I think I deserved more playing time than what I was given.
“As the year began, at the start of the season, he told me that we might change formation and I would maybe be able to play up front with Robin [Van Persie].
“They were nothing but promises, nothing happened. For the aims that I had, I think it was a little bit a lack of respect.
“I started well and then the next day he shades me out like that.
“For the goals I had, I think it was a little disrespectful. I started well and overnight it slip away like that. He asked me to be patient, told me that Robin would not string together more than ten matches, because he was going to hurt, but it lasted a whole year.
“I make a decision and I left the club.”
One can only feel for Chamakh as Van Persie was the club’s golden boy at that time and it is only normal for the best players to be on the pitch. We all know Van Persie couldn’t stay fit but whenever he did, he always showed he was one of the best strikers in the world.
Chamakh scored eight goals in forty league games in his time at Arsenal, a poor record for a striker playing at a big club like ours.
His career hasn’t gone too well since leaving us for Crystal Palace as he has only managed to score seven league goals. He recently completed a move to championship side Cardiff City where he will be hoping to kick-start his career.