Bordeaux deny interest in Arsenal striker Chamakh

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh will not be returning to former club Bordeaux this summer despite the arrival of two new forwards, Germany’s Lukas Podolski and the expected signing of France’s Olivier Giroud, ClubCall has reported.

The incoming duo will likely see Chamakh pushed further down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium after a 2011-12 campaign that saw the Morocco striker play only 19 times for his club, getting on the score sheet on a single occasion. Captain Robin van Persie was Arsene Wenger’s first-choice centre-forward and both Podolski and Giroud would appear above Chamakh in the rankings.

It had been suggested that Chamakh could move to Montpellier as Giroud travelled in the opposite direction but the French champions rejected the notion, and while Bordeaux admitted to an interest in the 28-year-old Chamakh in January, the club denied it still remained the case. Chamakh left Bordeaux in 2010 on a free transfer.

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