From a Gooners perspective there are many opinions on Marouane Chamakh.
My own thought is that I think there is still a great player there but one that has hardly any confidence these days.
Like Austin Powers his mojo has been stolen.
With Robin van Persie in the form of his life Chamakh knows that he is back-up at best.
It's no coincidence that we saw the best of Marouane when he was leading the line and very much first-choice at the beginning of last season.
Most of us believed that Arsene Wenger had pulled off a master-stroke the way the Moroccan begun his career with us.
Chamakh shot out the traps quicker than John Terry nipping round Wayne Bridges house and seemed to adjust to the English league right away.
The form he showed in his early Arsenal days convinces me that deep down there is still a decent player in him.
A player who still has a part to play for Arsenal this season.
If Marouane Chamakh can gain back his self-belief then we have an asset. A different option.
He is being linked with a move back to Bordeaux but he brushed talk of that away and confirmed his commitment to Arsenal.
Isn't that what we want? Players committed to the club?
I am not saying that Chamakh will ever be a world-beater but he is a decent squad player who needs to believe in himself again.
He earned a move to Arsenal and that ability to do so hasn't gone. Just his confidence.
When he gains that confidence back I'm sure he will win round the people who doubt him.
Keep It Goonerish...