Great news Gooners! Marouane Chamakh has finally gone after he agreed a deal to move to West Ham on loan until the end of the season.
After an encouraging start to life in north London, that saw the former Bordeaux hitman score 10 goals in his first 18 appearances for the club, he’s fallen out of favour under boss Arsene Wenger.
The Moroccan striker has struggled to make an impact in the last 18 months and hasn’t started a Premier League game since October 2011, so some will say his departure is long overdue.
With reported wages of £50,000-a-week, it’s highly likely that we’ll be subsidising a percentage of those wages while he’s with the Hammers – which isn’t ideal – but at least we’ve got the majority of his wages off the books and his departure means we’ve got room to add a striker to the squad during the January window.
Several strikers have been linked with a move to Arsenal, most recently Barcelona’s David Villa. Yes please I say! Let’s hope we can bring the Spaniard to the Emirates soon as he could make a real difference during the second half of the season.