Marouane Chamakh has pledged that he will stay at Arsenal and fight for places. He is hopeful of filling the void left by skipper Robin van Persie, if the Dutchman chose to leave the Emirates this summer.
Van Persie has publicly claimed that he won’t be signing a new contract and his future is under intense speculation. The Dutchman who didn’t travel with the squad for the pre-season tour of Asia is chased by both the Manchester clubs and Italian outfit Juventus.
The 28-year-old striker from Morocco started his Arsenal career brightly but endured a frustrating season last term. He managed only one goal last season in 19 appearances and was expected to leave Arsenal this summer.
At the beginning of this week, he was linked with Besiktas, but the Turkish club stated that they won’t be chasing the striker anymore.
Chamakh who mainly played as a deputy to Van Persie last season may further slip down the pecking order after the summer arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.
“If I am staying here with Arsenal, I will do my best for the team and give the maximum,” Chamakh said while speaking to ESPN.
He added “Last season was difficult. We were playing with just one striker [Van Persie] and that striker was the best player in Europe. There was not a lot I could do.
“I was upset because thought I could have played more but football is like that. Sometimes you do not have a chance.
“I hope this season I will play more than last. I have not spoken with the manager but I will soon.”
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