Marouane Chamakh believes he can still contribute to this Arsenal team and has ruled out a move away from the club in January.
The forgotten Moroccan has started just one game this season, making a grand total of 2 in 2012, but scored twice in Arsenal’s remarkable 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup (his first goals in over a year).
Speaking to RMC Radio he said, “I think I can bring something to the team, but I’m going to have to make a decision in the summer one way or another.
“After van Persie left I thought I would be playing more but the coach makes the choices. It’s very difficult but I try to take my chances when I get them. I’ve decided to be patient and I will not leave during winter. We’ll see next summer.
“My priority is here in England but if I return to France, it’ll only be for Bordeaux.”
Chamakh has travelled to Germany as the Gunners face Schalke in the Champions League tomorrow but unless the manager changes tack and goes with two forwards is unlikely to start the game.
However, the quality of the two goals against Reading are sure to have lifted his spirits and given the manager a reminder that the player who first arrived from Bordeaux isn’t dead and buried just yet.
He’s not the long-term answer to Arsenal’s striking problems, but you never know when he might be needed … until such time as Bordeaux come calling.