Out-of-favour Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has snubbed a move to Bordeaux, and will instead stay at the Emirates Stadium in order to fight for a place in the first team.
The Moroccan international has struggled to find the form that convinced Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to bring him from Bordeaux on a free transfer in 2010, finding the net just eight times in 44 games and starting just one game so far this season.
The form of Robin Van Perise and his partnership with summer-arrival Gervinho has meant opportunities have been limited so far this term, but Chamakh insists he is willing to stay put and fight his way into Wenger’s thoughts.
‘I haven’t played as much, what with (Robin) Van Persie coming back from injury, but for me, it's been a settling in period.” He told the Daily Mail.
‘It’s been good to play for a club like Arsenal and get used to the league, but I’m trying to learn, enjoy it and long may it continue.'
Rumours had suggested earlier this week that Chamankh was ready to jump ship and return to France, but instead will hope to rediscover the form that saw him score ten goals in his first 21 games before his current slump, which has seen the 27-year-old find the net just once his last 23 games.