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What on earth is wrong with Marouane Chamakh?

I just finished watching the replay of the Udinese game and am starting to get fed up. What in the blazes is going on with Chamakh?

When Wenger signed him last year I was thinking, "incredible steal!" He was winning aerial balls up high, he was pressuring the opponents' backline with energetic pressing, and his flank-to-flank drifting was doing wonders for ball retention and offensive flow. He even contributed on defense.

So who is this guy and what happened to the real Chamakh? All of the above skills of his seemed to have disappeared into thin air. At the end of last season we all attributed it to fatigue in his first EPL season. But he's had a full summer to rest. Even in the preseason friendlies against the likes of east asian slapped-together teams he looked invisible. There's no fire, no energy, no sense of competitiveness from him anymore.

I've vaguely heard whispers of personal problems, and I hope that's all it is....otherwise losing Bendtner is going to start looking like a disaster.

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