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Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-Young, Nicklas Bendtner, Thierry Henry – Season Reviews

Marouane Chamakh

Position : Striker

Nation : Morroco

2011/2012 Appearances : 19 (12 as sub)

Since joining from Bordeaux last season, Chamakh made a fine start to his Arsenal career, but his form and confidence have waned considerably off late. He played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Udinese, and looked lively. He came on as 83rd minute sub in the 8-2 drubbing at Old Trafford, as a 81st minute sub in the 1-0 win over Swansea, a 85th minute sub against Dortmund, and as a 76th minute sub over Blackburn, where he scored a late consolation as Arsenal lost 4-3. He played the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Shrewsbury. He came on as a 85th minute sub against Bolton, but played 70 minutes against Olympiakos, where he won several balls, freeing the midfield to play. He played 66 minutes against Stoke, with little effect, and come on as a 75th minute sub against Fulham. He played the full 90 minutes against Manchester City in the Carling Cup, along side Park Chu-Young, but looked ineffective. Apart from 2 good moments, he was again average against Olympiakos in the last Champions League group game. He was a late sub against Manchester City and Wolves in the league, before starting the FA Cup game against Leeds, where he put a good shift. His next appearance would only come much later, as a late sub in the 3-0 win over Milan, where he offered something extra in attack, but had no impact. Chamakh would again be sub against QPR, Stoke and Norwich.

SUMMARY AND RATING

It is fair to say that Chamakh hasn’t really gotten a fair run in the team, and van Persie has been in such magnificent form, that this was bound to happen. He does look out of depth and form, and it would be best for player and club for him to move on. He gets a 6.

Park Chu-Young

Position : Striker

Nation : South Korea

2011/2012 Appearances : 6 (2 as sub)

Signed from under the noses of Lille, from Monaco, for a transfer fee of £3 million. Despite the fact that he would be available only for two years on the time of signing, owing to the fact that he would join the military two years later, he was the only striker purchased in the transfer window, and it remains one of the strangest transfers made by the club. The Korean started against Shrewsbury and played for 71 minutes, with little effect. He would start the next Carling Cup game as well, a 2-1 win over Bolton, where he scored a delightful goal, from an Arshavin pass. He again started in a 0-0 draw against Marseille, where he failed to make an impression. His next start would come against Manchester City in the Carling Cup. Despite testing Pantilimon once or twice, he was largely lacklustre. He would come on as late subs in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United and the 3-0 win over Milan.

SUMMARY AND RATING

He has failed to make a mark of any sort. He gets a 4.

Nicklas Bendtner

Position : Striker

Nation : Denmark

2011/2012 Appearances : 1 (1 as sub)

He came on as a 80th minute sub against Liverpool, where the Gunners lost 2-0. He was loaned to Sunderland, where he scored 8 goals in 31 appearances for the Black Cats. His departure looks imminent.

NO RATING

Thierry Henry

Position : Striker

Nation : France

2011/2012 Appearances : 1 (1 as sub)

The arrival of Thierry Henry was to brighten up a disappointing phase in the middle of the campaign. He scored on his re-debut, coming on as a sub, as he took Alex Song’s pass into his stride, in the FA Cup win over Leeds. He would be a late sub against Leeds, where he failed to make any impact. After missing the Manchester United game due to injury, he would again come as a late sub in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa. He would again come as a sub in the goalless draw against Bolton. He scored after being set up by Robin van Persie, late on in the 7-1 mauling of Blackburn, though this goal was later credited as an own goal. He would strike again in a weeks time, one of teh most important goals in Arsenal’s campaign, when he netted Arshavin’s cross, in the last kick of the game in a 2-1 win at Sunderland. This would turn out to be his last Premiership appearance. His last game in the loan spell would be a second half cameo against AC Milan, where he couldn’t inspire Arsenal, who lost 4-0. He gets a 7.5.

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