Arsenal have an opportunity to offload Moroccan outcast Maraoune Chamakh in January, to his former club Bordeaux. The 28-year-old has been phased out of the first team picture at The Emirates this season after a lacklustre time in North London.
He had the opportunity to move back to his former side a year ago and now Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has maintained that stance, suggesting the door is open at the Chaban Delmas for him to return to Francis Gillot’s team; on the condition he agrees to a hefty cut in his salary demands. However he did add that Chamakh is 'happy' in London, indicating the striker could yet decide to stay with Arsenal.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will likely repeat the sentiment of England counter-part Roy Hodgson in relation to the San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini’s robust and reckless challenge on Theo Walcott. News on the winger’s condition is sketchy but it is believed he suffered a chest injury and was kept in hospital overnight as doctors undertook scans to investigate the degree and nature of his injury.
Walcott was reported to be coughing up blood before arriving at hospital, with Arsenal and England physio Gary Lewin in transit. While there has not been any official confirmation early reports are that Walcott may have broken a rib and will certainly miss the qualifier with Poland on Tuesday night. The Telegraph are claiming the player has a bruised lung. As for how long he might be out for Arsenal that is currently up in the air.
Crystal Palace have tested Arsenal’s appetite for wide-man Wilfried Zaha after slapping a whopping £11 million price-tag on the young protégé. Arsenal, along with Manchester City and Liverpool are reportedly chasing the 19-year-olds signature but Dougie Freedman insists The Eagles will not entertain any offers below their current valuation for the starlet.
Arsenal reportedly tried to sign Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko in the summer. According to reports Arsene Wenger tried to bring the Bosnian marksman to the club on a loan deal to provide extra competition in the striking department but were unsuccessful in their bid as Manchester City viewed him as essential to their title defence.
Aaron Ramsey has come in for praise from his national coach after playing a vital role in a Welsh victory over their Scottish rivals in Cardiff. It seemed Wales were limping out of qualification after going 1-0 down to an early James Morrison strike but after a Gareth Bale penalty, the Spurs man also hammered home a rocket to take the three points. Chris Coleman praised Ramsey for the way he dealt with losing the captaincy earlier in the week and for standing aside for Gareth Bale to take the penalty.
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