Thursday, December 23, 2010

Arsenal: Can Marouane Chamakh be the Didier Drogba for the Gunners?

Marouane Chamakh has had a good start to his Arsenal career scoring 10 goals in all competitions and is the second highest goalscorer behind Samir Nasri who has scored 12 goals. The Moroccan International was signed by Arsenal from Bordeaux on a free transfer and has shown why Wenger was keen on bringing the striker to the Emirates.

Chamakh said he had initially put pressure on himself to perform but is now better having settled into the Arsenal team. He said that Samir Nasri was one of his closest mates at the club and praised Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere for their abilities. The lanky striker added that Arsenal was always his preferred club over the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and he would be very happy to stay as long as his contract lasts.

He said he wanted to be like Didier Drogba or Wayne Rooney for Arsenal and establish himself as one of the most important players in the team. Chamakh added that he would work hard in order to do that and he certainly has the ambition to become one of the world's best strikers in the future.

The Striker has been extremely important to Arsenal this season and his impressive fitness levels have meant that Arsenal could cope quite easily with the injuries of Nicklas Bendtner and Robin van Persie at the start of the season. He has good aerial ability which has provided Arsenal with another dimension and has shown great willingness to work hard for the team's cause.

He has adjusted quite well to Arsenal's style of play and his short quick exchanges have been important in breaking down exchanges. Also, he is helpful in defending set-piece situations which have been a problem for Arsenal in the past. He has already emerged as a fan favourite and continues to enhance his reputations with his hardworking performances and good comments about the club.

The biggest weakness as far as Chamakh is concerned is the lack of clinical finishing with his feet. He is talented and has shown on a couple of occasions that he can be efficient with his feet but he has not been selfish enough to grab his opportunity when it arrives. Also, he is not good on one-on-one situations and does not get behind the defence too many times.

However at his time at Arsenal, he will continue to improve and with confidence, he will try to get more goals for himself and the team. The Moroccan International has given his complete effort whenever he has played for the club and that is a quality which endears supporters to him. With the supporters on his side, he will look to impress further at Arsenal.

He does not have the quality of Didier Drogba or Wayne Rooney but with experience and hardwork, he will become a very important striker for the Gunners and can be the striker that can win titles for the club.

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