Arsenal manager 'thinks the same' as Pulis

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Marouane Chamakh has claimed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shares the same winning mentality as Crystal Palace counterpart Tony Pulis ahead of the weekend meeting between the two sides.

The Morocco international moved to Palace from north London during the summer transfer window and, after enduring a difficult start to the campaign with his new club, has seen them revived following the appointment of Pulis.

Palace have been dragged four points clear of the relegation zone since Pulis replaced Ian Holloway at the end of last year, and the club travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday having won each of their last two league games.

Pulis has often been derided for being a 'long-ball merchant' since promotion to the top-flight with Stoke but, says Chamakh, the Welshman should be applauded for his unrelenting desire to win at every opportunity.

"Managers work differently, but they all have the same objective of winning the game," Chamakh told the the official Crystal Palace website.

"Arsene Wenger sees all matches as a chance to win. Pulis thinks the same thing, home or away. Even when we are playing the big teams, he has the same objective, which is to win matches.

"The match against Hull was very important. Hull were three points ahead of us going into the game, but we have now drawn level, which we wanted to do. We need to get as many points as we can at home between now and the end of the season."

The weekend encounter with be Chamakh's first return to Arsenal since leaving the club, and it is a prospect that he is very much looking forward to.

He added: "I’m very happy to be going back and playing at the Emirates again. I’m looking forward to seeing the players, the manager and the fans. I have some very good memories from playing at Arsenal."

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