Instead, a couple of newspapers in France are reporting that Fiorentina are interested in taking Marouane Chamakh off Arsenal’s hands for £4million for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.
The Sun reports that a source close to Chamakh said:
“The Italian option is very attractive.”
The signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have made Chamakh surplus requirement at the Emirates, as long as Arsenal get in a replacement for van Persie. If a replacement for van Persie is not brought in, then Arsenal could be forced to keep Chamakh or Bendtner.
The reason is numbers. Last season Arsenal had six strikers in their squad. We know that Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Podolski and Giroud will be in the squad for sure. Assuming Theo Walcott’s contract gets done, he becomes number five. That leaves one spot for Park, Vela, Chamakh, Bendtner, Miyaichi, or a new signing.