Has Chamakh's Arsenal career just gone up in smoke?
Out-of-favour Arsenal flop looks even more likely to move on after post-game puff
ARSENAL striker Marouane Chamakh has fallen foul of manager Arsene Wenger after being photographed smoking a shisha pipe following the Gunners' 2-1 defeat at QPR on Saturday. The Daily Mail reports that not only was the player smoking – an absolute no-no with in manager Arsene Wenger's book – but he was doing so alongside the Rangers forward, fellow Moroccan Adel Taarabt, who had earlier scored against the Gunners, potentially ruining Arsenal end-of-season run-in.
As we have reported here before, Chamakh is very likely to be offloaded this summer in Wenger's summer clear-out at the Emirates, having scored only once this season in 16 appearances. Most recent reports claim Paris Saint Germain have offered £5m for Chamakh, with Arsenal holding out for £7m.
Although smoking shisha, a fruit-scented tobacco, is not illegal in the UK, a recent report says that one hour of shisha smoking is equivalent to puffing 100 cigarettes. And Wenger is on the record as saying it is unacceptable for his players to smoke.
Needless to say, Chamakh's pipe-smoking has done nothing to endear him to the already indifferent Arsenal supporters. On the Emirates 24/7 site, news of his post-match puff is headlined: 'Arsenal Star Celebrates QPR Loss With Shisha'.
As for Arseblog, he writes: "Let's face it, the bloke could leave training each day, head for his local opium den, spend the day tripping his balls off before necking a handful of sleeping pills and shooting a massive dose of mega-heroin into his arse, and it'd be hard to notice the difference in his performance."
Others have focused more on Chamakh's poor sartorial performance, commenting that, if you're going to smoke shisha, at least do it in style.
Any disciplinary measures will be kept in-house, but it's certainly a far cry from the day Wenger welcomed Chamakh to the Emirates from Bordeaux in 2010, saying:
"He is a player we have admired for some time now and I know he will provide our squad with great quality. Chamakh has proved he is a great player with his performances for Bordeaux and Morocco in recent seasons and we're all looking forward to him joining us. Chamakh is a striker of real quality and has all the attributes suited to come to England and do very well."
Meanwhile, Rangers manager Mark Hughes is also said to be fuming about Adel Taarabt smoking shisha with Chamakh, and intends to speak with his forward, whose goal against Arsenal was his first in the Premier League this season.