Chamakh 'signs for the Arsenal'

Marouane Chamakh is set to join Arsenal. That’s the claim in this morning’s Mirror which says Bordeaux striker Chamakh, 25, has agreed a pre-contract with us. Apparently we have offered him a five year deal worth £50,000-a-week and the paper says the striker has told friends he will sign the deal on Friday.
Chamakh is set to come in next season after turning down more money to join Liverpool because he wanted to work with Arsene Wenger who has been trying to sign the Moroccan since last summer.
AW has plenty to say ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Emirates and kicks off with a lengthy interview in the Sun.
He said: “It is very painful for me. Do you think I fight every day and night to lose the game? What is great is that you have another chance.
“We’ve gone for a policy and need to be strong, patient and sometimes get knock-backs but still persist because it’s the only way this football club can be run. I know everybody else is impatient. My job is to be patient and to work and to let people think if I do the right things or the wrong things and that’s it. It’s part of my job to live with that.”
The paper says AW also took a swipe at Chelsea who have spent way beyond their means in seven years under owner Roman Abramovich.
He said: “We cannot show them because they can lose £150million – we cannot live like that. I don’t know in what kind of world you live? Football lives in an artificial world at the moment. You know what the situation is. We have to live in a realistic world at Arsenal and we are very proud of that. If you go on high transfers, you go on high wages. It is linked. We cannot afford that.
He added: “Look at what happened in this transfer market. Give me one big move? Zero. People ask me ‘Why do you not buy a great striker?’ But tell me one who has moved from one club to another, not one.
“It is said I am a sore loser. Maybe, I don’t deny that. But in the last game I was not and one quality you have to give me is that after the game when we win, I always try to give credit to the loser. On Sunday, Ballack comes out and it is down to him to do that.
“But I do not want to answer that because I don’t care about that. For me, it’s not what football is all about.Today for me is too much. It’s better I shut up. But when I told you I’ve seen a lot of positive signs in that game against Chelsea that show we are developing very well, that’s what I believe.
“I believe we can win it this year but at the moment it’s certainly not realistic so let’s focus on the short-term and try to win our next game. Let’s win against Liverpool and we’ll see.”
He may be convinced we can still hold aloft the Premier League trophy but it seems Andrey Arshavin has his doubts. He tells the Mail: ‘You never surrender. In football, anything can happen. Stumbles, such as Chelsea losing to Everton, are quite possible. Then there is Chelsea’s match against Manchester United (in April) when at least one rival has to drop points.
‘For us, the main thing is to win our matches. The next one against Liverpool will be key. If we win, we have the chance to make up ground on the leaders and think about the title race. If, however, we continue our run of failure, we have to think about how we preserve what we have already got.’
The Times throws some lights on the finances and reminds us that in September, we announced a record turnover of £313 million for the year to May 31, 2009 but need to service debts of £297.7 million.
In addition we have a rigid wage structure that they will not break for any player, with William Gallas, Andrey Arshavin and Fàbregas their highest earners on £80,000 a week.
The club’s most recently published wage bill was £104 million, in contrast to the £172 million spent on salaries by Chelsea — a disparity that enables Wenger to take the moral high ground as Arsenal are a self-funding business.
That’s as maybe but I reckon I’d like us to be a few quid in debt but with credit in the trophy cabinet. Off to the match tonight – come on you rip-roaring Reds!

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