Marouane Chamakh is likely to look back at his second season in English football with some regret. The Moroccan international found first-team opportunities limited due to the form of Robin van Persie, and struggled to generate the momentum needed to kickstart his campaign.
Having faded after a scintillating start to his debut season at the Club, Marouane had been hoping to make a bigger impact in 2011/12.
After a solid opening to the campaign, the omens looked good for the striker when he came off the bench against Blackburn and scored with a header. But the 28-year-old could not build on his goalscoring contribution, and failed to find the net again before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Morocco endured a disappointing campaign and Marouane returned to Emirates Stadium in February, but could still not make the impression he would have hoped for during the closing stages of the season.
It has been a disappointing year for the striker, but he will be looking to put it behind him and bounce back stronger next season.
“It would be better for me if we played with two strikers, but that's the system and the way of playing here. I respect that and it's working very well. That's football and if the system were to change, we would need another striker. This would provide a chance for another player.”
With Arsenal trailing 4-2 at Blackburn, Marouane stepped off the bench and made a telling impact. His physical presence unsettled the hosts and he scored with a firm header to set up a grandstand finish.
Marouane scores against Blackburn