Marouane Chamakh Announces His Retirement From Football, Aged 35
Former Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh has announced his retirement from football after not playing for almost 30 months.
The 35-year-old, who last played for recently relegated Cardiff City, appeared on French TV show L'Expresso to reveal that he wants to go into coaching after hanging up his boots:
"It's been two years since I really played football. I wanted to get closer to my family, and today I can say that I have retired from football. in football, whether as a consultant or coach, but I feel that it's something that I miss.
"I'm going to try to pass my degrees, I'm going to do things little by little and seriously. "
Chamak's career looked ever so promising at the start of his spell at Arsenal, but his career somewhat faded after failing to live up to expectations.
We will, however, remember his antics on that famous night against Reading on October 30th, 2012.
In extra time, Chamakh struck for the visitors in the 103rd minute, though things were all-square again when Pavel Pogrebnyak headed past Damian Martinez to make it 5-5.
Theo Walcott then took home the match ball with a third and final strike, coupled with Chamakh getting on the scoresheet for a second time in what was a crazy, memorable game.
And then there was his haircut. Over the past five or six years, Marouane Chamakh's hair has left us in a perpetual state of confusion.
The Morocco international first arrived in England with his bizarre receding mullet back in 2010 with Arsenal, after impressing in the Champions League for Bordeaux.
He managed just eight goals in the Premier League with the Gunners before moving on to West Ham and Crystal Palace, where he didn't fare much better.
Without meaning to be too harsh, the most entertaining thing about watching Chamakh was probably his thinning, often ragged-looking barnet.
But he then rocked up at Cardiff with a new hairstyle...of sorts.
What's your favourite memory of the former Arsenal man?
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