Arsenal assassin hints at stay

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Arsenal star Marouane Chamakh has moved to quash rumours that he is leaving the London club for Olympique de Marseille.

"These rumours [about Marseille] are completely false,” the striker told RMC.

“If I was thinking about leaving Arsenal again for a French club, it would only be to return to Bordeaux.”

Chamakh had been the subject of numerous transfer rumours as the season came to end, and Marseille were front runner to secure the Arsenal star.

Bordeaux sold the Morocco international to Arsenal last summer, but with the Gunners going a sixth straight season without a trophy, even new players are feeling the downturn in confidence in both the club and Arsene Wenger.


Chamakh started the season well for the Gunners, but has now lost his starting position, and is reportedly hoping to find a club where he can get more game time.

Chamakh recently admitted that Arsenal’s disappointing season finish was triggered by the League Cup final loss, as the side went down to Birmingham 2-1.

“It’s weird. Right up until the end of February, we were competing on every front,” Chamack said.

“Then we lost the League Cup final and we started asking ourselves questions.

“Everything happened very quickly, the Champions League came: we played well in the first leg against Barcelona, and then we blew the return.

“In hindsight, the League Cup left its mark on us. It’s my first season with the club, but it’s been a long time that my teammates want to win something.

“If we’d won the League Cup, people would have said: ‘Arsenal play well and win.’ But it all hangs on one goal in the last minute.”

In a hint that the star might stay at Arsenal next season, Chamakh said he believed the side would come together and win a coveted trophy soon.

“Arsenal are trying to associate stylish play with victories. For the time being it’s not coming off, but I remain convinced it will come.”

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