By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Morrocan has endured a torrid time at the club since transferring from Bordeaux in the summer of 2010.
Signed on a free transfer, the striker has struggled with the physical nature of the Premier League and with Arsenal acquiring Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to bolster their frontline, many expect Chamakh to leave the club in the upcoming transfer window.
However, Grimandi, who is based in France, insists that it's not yet time for the 28-year-old to move to new pastures and called for patience and open communication on the part of the ex-Ligue 1 player. The French scout was responsible for persuading the likes of Samir Nasri, Emannuel Adebayour and Chamakh to make the switch to the Gunners and believes that manager Arsene Wenger would be happy to have a reliable backup striker on his squad list.
"Marouane and Wenger will have to talk," said the former Arsenal player.
"He needs to know how things stand today.
"If Marouane feels good and wants to fight for a starting spot it will be no problem to stay here.
"But if he insists on getting more playing time, it will be a difficult story."
Alongside Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson could be on their way out as Wenger is keen on providing more first-team opportunities to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.
Chamakh has scored eight goals in 40 league appearances for the Gunners so far and Bordeaux have already indicated that they have no interest in resigning the striker.