Marouane Chamakh rubbishes transfer rumours, convinced Arsenal can lift trophies
Written by Renzo on November 17, 2011 12:50
Contrary to reports, Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh will not leave the Gunners during the January transfer window.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Morocco International declared that he is happy in London and proud to play for a Club that he loved since he was a child adding that when at Bordeaux he had offers from a number of French clubs but opted for the Gunners and is now fully focused on his job and determined to win a regular place in manager Arsene Wenger’s side.
Asked about the difficult start to the season, the striker admitted that the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri played a part but believes that the Gunners bounced back after all new players settled down in their new roles.
And on trophies, Chamakh concluded by admitting that experience was maybe one of the reasons why the Gunners failed so miserably last season, adding that things will be different this season as the likes of Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos and Yossi Benayoun will add that much-needed experience to the squad.
On this season, the 27-year old said:
[Rumours about leaving?] Of course I’m happy to be here, I feel really well here and in London. Arsenal is a Club I loved since I was young.
I had a choice of several clubs when I was in France but I’m completely focused on playing more here and staying here with Arsenal.
[Arsenal's season so far?] I think the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri has played a part in [our poor season start].
Because new players came in and it wasn’t that easy to start with but now we’ve got to know them and they have settled in very, very well.
We also lost some silly games, like the match at Blackburn, for example, which we should have won very, very easily and that was a shame.
[How close are Arsenal to winning a trophy?] I think that we’ve just been lacking a little bit of experience and I think that may prove to be the difference, this season.
All teams need experience to push on a bit, to cope with the pressure and this can give us that something extra in all competitions, in the League and Cups.
I think that the experience we have now can give us an extra bit of confidence and maybe that was missing last season, especially when you think about the Carling Cup final.