With rumours continuing to circulate about the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Arsenal fans have been greeted with the news that one of last season’s initial star turns, Marouane Chamakh, will be staying at the club.
The Moroccan scored 11 goals in 27 starts for Arsenal last season after joining on a free transfer from Bordeaux last summer.
The new-year return of Robin Van Persie saw the Dutchman re-instated as the club's No.1 striker for the late season run-in, but Chamakh is keen to stake his claim once again.
"I want to make my name in the Premier League," he said. "I started well last season and lost my way. However, I want to make a name for myself here.”
Rumours over the future of Fabregas and Nasri has overshadowed the uncertain future of Chamakh, who has seen Gervinho join from Lille earlier this summer, and make an immediate impact for the club during their pre-season campaign.
The player has reportedly been linked with a move to Roma, however the 27-year-old is quick is quash talk of a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
"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," he added.
The forward has previously claimed that despite his impressive start to his Gunners career, that his second season in English football would be easier to cope with. "I think this season will in fact be easier," he told the club’s official website.
"I understand both the football and the group better, and I now have many friends in this team. So I aim to keep improving and to make a big contribution.
"Your first pre-season is always difficult, you have to accustom yourself to new training and make new friends, but we’re all together and everything looks fine."
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