Chamakh confirms Arsenal no-go

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Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has rejected claims he's ready to leave the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window.

The Moroccan striker, currently away with his country prior to the African Nations Cup, has netted just one goal this season having played second fiddle for much of the campaign to top scorer Robin Van Persie.

Talk of Thierry Henry extending his deal past the initial six weeks originally agreed had swelled talk that Chamakh could leave north London, with Fiorentina one of those reportedly interested.

"I am relaxed about my future," Chamakh said. "I've spoken with the coach [Arsene Wenger] and I'm staying with Arsenal after the Africa Cup of Nations.

"My agents have had calls from other clubs, but I want to show what I can do in the next few months.

"I'm tired of the rumours, because I only want to be focused on my work for Morocco.

"Personally, I have a lot more in my game and I want to demonstrate my level."

Such has been the lack of support alongside Van Persie, who has 18 Premier League goals to his name this season, that Wenger turned to Henry, five years on from the climax of his first spell at Arsenal.

While the Frenchman is still expected to depart following the return of Chamakh and Ivory Coast international Gervinho, the 28-year-old is hoping to make an impression upon his return.

"I think Wenger has confidence in me," Chamakh added. "It was that reason that I left Bordeaux to join Arsenal.

"I had some good performances in my first season and it's possible that I can repeat those.

"Of course I want to play more, but it's very difficult for a forward at Arsenal. The level is very high, but that's the challenge that I was looking for."

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