Marouane Chamakh believes that he can challenge Robin van Persie for a starting berth at the Emirates after accepting that he suffered a loss of form in the second half of last term.
The Moroccan international, who signed for free from Bordeaux in May 2010, began life at the Emirates as the club’s first choice striker after Arsene Wenger was robbed of both Nicklas Bendtner and Robin van Persie due to injuries. Working as the lone front man the 26-year-old proved himself a real nuisance for opposition defenders garnering a spate of penalties, getting on the scoresheet himself and linking up the play in the final third.
However, having been rested ahead of the hectic Christmas period Chamakh was predominantly reduced to appearances in the domestic cup competitions with Van Persie restored to the team in the New Year. Seemingly low on confidence in the final months of the season, the man with the buzzard hair was nothing short of abject during several Premier League cameo performances as the side limped to fourth in the table.
Speaking about his first season with the Gunners and stressing his desire to repay the faith shown in him by Arsene Wenger, Chamakh told SkySports.com:
“I want to make my name in the Premier League.
“I started well last season and lost my way. However, I want to make a name for myself here.”
Despite his poor showing since January, several clubs have been linked with a move for Chamakh’s signature with AS Roma and Marseille both tipped to make a move. Despite the speculation, the player himself insists he is fully focused on seeing out his contract with Arsenal.
“I’ve heard a lot of rumours about me leaving the Gunners, but I have a contract here. I want to honour it and make myself No.1 in my position. I am looking forward to that.”