Arsenal striker vows to stay

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Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has vowed to stay with the Gunners and prove his worth to manager Arsene Wenger.


The Morocco international moved to Emirates Stadium two years ago on a free transfer from Bordeaux, but has struggled for form after a promising start to his Arsenal career.


It has been a tough season for the 28-year-old, as he has made just 17 appearances this season and scored a solitary goal in the early season 4-3 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, but he is determined to prove his critics wrong.


“Am I going back to Bordeaux? For now, no. I have spoken to Wenger and I will stay at Arsenal,” he said in French football magazine Onze.


“I think he trusts my work and I will have opportunities in the first team.


“I left Bordeaux to improve as a player and I think I can continue for this club. My agents have been ordered to reject bids that come from other clubs because I want to prove I can be useful for the Gunners.”


Getting playing time has been difficult for Chamakh for the past year because of the outstanding form of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.


The Dutchman has scored 26 Premier League goals this season and he been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe for over 12 months.


Wenger uses a formation that deploys only a single striker, so the Moroccan’s bad form is exacerbated by the fact that he cannot get on the pitch.


He had been linked with a move away this summer, but his latest comments would suggest he is willing to knuckle down and regain his place.

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