Emirates Stadium flop keen to get career back on track.
Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh claims he has no intention of leaving the Emirates Stadium club and has vowed to fight for his Gunners future.
The Moroccan striker has stated
“I am relaxed about my future. I’ve spoken with the coach [Wenger] and I’m staying with Arsenal after the Africa Cup of Nations, I think Wenger has confidence in me. It was that reason that I left Bordeaux to join Arsenal.”
The 28 year old striker is keen to replicate his early Arsenal form adding “I had some good performances in my first season and it’s possible that I can repeat those. My agents have had calls from other clubs, but I want to show what I can do in the next few months.”
Speculation about his future has not diminished the former Bordeaux man’s desire to stay at the North London club
“I’m tired of the rumours, because I only want to be focused on my work for Morocco. Personally, I have a lot more in my game and I want to demonstrate my level. Of course I want to play more, but it’s very difficult for a forward at Arsenal. The level is very high, but that’s the challenge that I was looking for.” (Quotes from Sky Sports)
Chamakh may well want to play more but given his run of form any chance of a regular first team place is unlikely. The French born striker has managed to find the net just twice in an astonishing 38 appearances, a very poor record even if you consider that the majority of those appearances are substitute roles.
It seems that Chamakh’s saving grace could be the fact that he cost Arsene Wenger nothing so perhaps there is less of a financial imperative to see an immediate return on their investment.
Currently Chamakh is behind Robin Van Persie and Gervinho in the Arsenal pecking order and even when the striker returns from African Nations Cup duty he will have to deal with the presence of Thierry Henry for a few weeks before the Frenchman makes his MLS return.