Chamakh: Van Persie a ‘phenomenon’

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Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has revealed he is not at all displaced over losing his spot in the squad to Robin van Persie.

“With the injuries to Van Persie and (Nicklas) Bendtner, I found myself at the forefront of things from the outset," Chamakh told the Daily Mirror.

"When they came back, people said I had lost my place. Well, actually it's more that Van Persie logically got his place back.

"He's an excellent player, a phenomenon. I still have a way to go yet and I'm here to learn. That said, if I can bring that little bit extra to the team, all the better."


Chamakh has had 18 starts for Arsenal this season, since moving to the club from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux last summer.

While Arsenal were at one stage favourites to pip Manchester United for the title, and the FA Cup quarter final, The Morocco international said that everything went downhill after the Gunners lost in the last minute to Birmingham in the League Cup final.

"Right up until the end of February, we were competing on every front," Chamakh 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 team-mates want to win something.

"All that's left for us is to finish the season as best as possible."

While Arsenal fans will be ruing lost chances this season, manager Arsene Wenger has indicated that he will spend on building the squad in the summer, and considering how little Arsenal spent on their current outfit compared to other clubs in the top four, some have argued that the North London club have indeed over achieved this season.

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