’s admission that “we might reconsider the position if it is needed in January” yesterday is not only what makes an Arsenal inquiry for Maroune Chamakh during next winter very likely.

Arsenal’s strongest link last summer is now odds on to be bound for north London again after his club’s decision to reduce his price significantly.

Chamakh is still reluctant about renewing his contract with Bordeaux, and should the current campaign end without him penning a new deal with his club, the Moroccan striker will be eligible for a transfer to elsewhere at no cost.

That is what has pushed Bordeaux to cut Chamakh’s price from £8 million to a lowly £1.5 million with the January transfer window approaching.

Juventus – who were last to bid for Chamakh after Arsenal’s were turn down – are reportedly in pole position to swoop for the 25-year-old, but the player himself has made no secret that a move to England and the opportunity to work under Arsene Wenger is more appealing.

History says Arsenal are indeed likely to resume interest in a failed summer target during the January window after scooping Arshavin earlier this year despite all that happened five months before.

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