Chamakh: I still have a way to go, I’m here to learn
Written by Renzo on May 17, 2011 20:15
Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh believes he still has a long way to go before reaching the level of team-mate Robin van Persie but is ready to learn.
Explaining his move from Bordeaux to Arsenal, the 27-year old explained that he was prepared for the physical impact of the English Premier League as he worked very hard in pre-season and had little or no trouble at all to settle down thanks to the French players at the club.
Asked about securing a regular place straight away in Arsene Wenger’s line-up, the Morocco International declared it was a surprise but it was the result of injuries to fellow strikers Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner.
And on being relegated on the bench for the second part of the season, Chamakh concluded by saying that it was normal after the comeback of the Dutchman, by him described as an excellent player, a “phenomenon”.
On his first season at the club, the striker said:
It’s huge here. In the way you make a run, the way you position yourself and your defending. I’ve always been good in the air, but I can still do better. As for the physical impact of the Premier League, I was expecting it and I had prepared for it.
I worked very hard in pre-season and with all the French players it was very easy to settle in. I have naturally more affinity with the French and with the Francophones in the squad, like Song or Eboue.
It’s my first transfer and I was a bit worried. When I was with Bordeaux, I used to do everything I could to put the new players at ease. This time it’s they who helped me a lot.
But you can’t hide from it, with the injuries to Van Persie and Bendtner, I found myself at the forefront of things from the outset.
When they came back, people said I had lost my place. Well, actually it’s more that Van Persie logically got his place back!
He’s an excellent player, a phenomenon. I still have a way to go yet and I’m here to learn. That said, if I can bring that little bit extra to the team, all the better!