It seems that Arsenal are gearing up for the beginning of the transfer window on January 1st, and the first player to be shown the door is expected to be the Morrocan striker Marouane Chamakh, after the Telegraph revealed that “Sam Allardyce met with Chamakh’s agent Pierre Frelot on Friday night and expects the green light from Arsenal,”
Wenger has already clearly hinted he would allow the Morrocan to leave last month when he was discussing the arrival of Thierry Henry, when he said: “…..Especially if for example, Chamakh should go, because I cannot stand in his way now.”
West Ham are in need of another striker since they found out that Andy Carroll is likely to out with a knee injury until February so at least Chamakh could get some game time, and hopefully impress enough people to get a cash buyer in the summer.
Along with Chamakh, Johan Djourou is almost certain to be on his way after he has completely dropped out of any mention in the first team matters, not even in the League Cup or Second XI against Olympiakos, although his agent Flavio Ferraria has refused to confirm any talks with the usual suspects.
‘At the moment there has been no contact with Napoli and even with other Italian clubs,’ Ferraria said. ‘No decision on his future has been taken yet, everything will be decided when we meet with Arsenal in the next few weeks.
‘At the moment there has been no contact with any club.’
He is certainly right there. it doesn’t look like Djourou is having much contact even with Arsenal at the moment!
We would all like Sebastien Squillaci to be on the list but I can’t honestly see anyone willing to pay his exorbitant wages outside Arsenal. Andrei Arshavin looks like he could be on his way to Reading, but who else should Wenger be disposing of next month?