Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh opted for a fresh start yesterday evening with a move to Premier League new boys Crystal Palace on a one-year deal.
The Moroccan managed 11 goals in all competitions during his first campaign at the Emirates, but faded badly after that with just 3 goals in the following two seasons; he was loaned out unsuccessfully to West Ham for the second half of 2012/13.
Big things were expected of the striker when he arrived in north London, having built a strong reputation for goals and creativity while with Bordeaux before his free transfer to Arsenal in 2010.
However, he failed miserably to prove his worth with the Gunners, leading to Arsene Wenger leaving him completely out in the cold for the whole of the previous Premier League campaign.
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway will hope to spark a fire within Chamakh, as the entertaining Bristolian attempts to keep the Eagles up in the top-flight against the odds.
Chamakh will need to rediscover his form of old if he’s to have a major impact at Selhurst Park during this momentous period in the club’s history.