Saturday, May 08, 2010
Tributes for Chamakh: “For me he is one of the best strikers in Europe and number one in France"
The Bordeaux club’s people have begun to pay homage to Marwan Chamakh, who they consider a terrific footballer and person.
It seems that Arsenal will gain not only a very good footballer but someone with a very pleasant, kind and enthusiastic personality. Attributes that Wenger always considers important.
Patrick Battiston, Director of Bordeaux ‘s Training Centre, is sad to lose him but wonders if it is the right time for him to move:
“Well, obviously I would have liked him to stay a little longer. But that's life, that's football. The bird leaves the nest.
Whether it's the right time for him ... I do not know, you never know. Some are happy while staying in the same club, others want to discover new horizons, to learn other things”.
“Chamakh certainly earned the right to leave. But of course, emotionally, seeing a boy like him, especially when he is so nice it is always very emotional. It is even a little sad.
We had fun working with him. He has gradually taken large steps, while remaining the same, kind and enthusiastic. So yes, we will regret it. He has been a symbol to us”
Elie Baup who the Girondins coach between 1997-2003 considers Chamakh as the number one in France and one of the best strikers in Europe!
"Marwan was one of the most gifted players of his generation. He was rapidly improving every season and became one of the best strikers in Europe”.
“He's a player every coach would like to have in their team, for his generosity, altruism and the quality of his game head. For me, he is number one in France.
At Arsenal, he will continue to grow, because he will find himself in a supportive environment alongside players such as Nasri”.
Has Wenger unearthed another gem? Watch the video above...