Arsenal told to pay 12m for Chamakh

BORDEAUX have told Arsenal to double their &pound;6m offer for Marouane Chamakh or forget about signing the Morocco striker.<br /><br />Chamakh, 25, is furious at his club&rsquo;s hard-line stance and is threatening to leave for nothing next summer when his contract expires.<br /><br />But the French champions&rsquo; president Jean-Louis Triaud is determined that their prize asset will not be sold on the cheap. And having seen Saint Etienne get almost &pound;13m from Lyon for forward Bafetimbi Gomis, Triaud wants a similar fee to relinquish Chamakh.<br /><br />&ldquo;We said we would facilitate his transfer to a big club. But if Gomis is worth &euro;15m &pound;12.8m, Marouane is worth at least as much,&rdquo; said Triaud. &ldquo;Arsenal made an offer of &euro;7m &pound;6m on Monday. Since then I have not had any contact with them. It is up to them to decide.&rdquo;<br /><br />Chamakh pulled out of Bordeaux&rsquo;s Sunday friendly against Villarreal, citing sickness, amid reports he had flown to London in the hope of sealing a switch. He blasted his club for sabotaging his dream move, warning them it would not be in their interests to stand in his way.<br /><br />&ldquo;I am angry, I am disgusted and I do not understand why they have done that,&rdquo; said Chamakh. &ldquo;One thing is certain, I will not be signing a new contract &ndash; if they will not let me go now, I will leave for free. <br /><br />&ldquo;If a solution cannot be found quickly, everyone will lose. Frankly, I really do not want to start the season with Bordeaux.&rdquo;<br /><br />Meanwhile midfielder Tomas Rosicky has hit back at former Gunner Kolo Toure&rsquo;s claims that they have sold too many senior players. <br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think the best players have left,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We have still got Andrey Arshavin, Cesc Fabregas and they are still great players. I don&rsquo;t see why we should be afraid of anyone.&rdquo;