Arsenal misfit Chamakh misses Morocco clash after being struck by mystery virus

By Sportsmail Reporter


Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh was unable to link up with Morocco for their African Nations Cup qualifier in Mozambique because of a virus.

The 28-year-old had been recalled to his national team for the first time since being dropped during the 2012 African Nations Cup finals in Gabon.

Chamakh did not travel because of illness, however it is understood reports the player had contracted malaria are inaccurate.

Laid low: A virus has forced Marouane Chamakh to miss Morocco's forthcoming Africa Nations Cup qualifier

Laid low: A virus has forced Marouane Chamakh to miss Morocco's forthcoming Africa Nations Cup qualifier


Despite the sale of captain Robin van Persie, Chamakh - who joined Arsenal from Bordeaux in May 2010 - has yet to feature for the first team this season.

Meanwhile, midfielder Chuks Aneke, 19, has joined npower League One side Crewe Alexandra on a one-month loan deal.



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jeff,london players like gervinho,chamakh and giroud anre incredibly gifted and talented players who would easily walk in to most premier league teams when you consider what fernando torres and andy carroll cost it says it all.

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The thing is though Jeff these players were established at their clubs and were much more experienced compared to AW usual unknown youth player. Every club has it shares of flopped buys e.g veron £30m fabien bartez £8m. You would have thought these players would have been an instant hit but they didn't. These things happen but the media just loves targeting arsenal for some odd reason.

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Baba i agree with your comments chamakh will score goals and create who problems for opposition defenders if given minutes on the pitch in that first season he was incredible.

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Your comments:wenger what on earth did u do with chamack he was scoring goals all over and now he is hardly in the squad

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with the money we paid for Chamakh, gervinho, and Olivier Giroud we could have bough a real decent player....... just saying (in wenger we trust)

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Please Prof. Wenger, try to give Chamack some playing minutes, so as to rebuild his confidence. That may make Arsenal 'recall' and enjoy the Chamack of the first season.

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