Marouane Chamakh — almost an Arsenal player

Marouane Chamakh has admitted that it is extremely likely that he will be joining Arsenal after stating that he will be playing in England next season.

26-year-old Chamakh has been with Bordeaux for a long time and his all action displays up front have been one of the main reasons why Bordeaux have been so successful in recent years,winning last seasons Ligue Un title and reaching this years Champions League semi finals.

The forward clearly feels though that his time at the club has come to an end and has decided to move to one of Europe’s top leagues.

With his contract out at the end of the season, Chamakh has been able to talk to clubs since January and speculation has been rife as to where he may finally end up at the beginning of next years campaign.

Now though, it finally seems like he has made his mind up and although he has not actually confirmed his destination Arsenal, who have been tracking him for several years, looks to be the most likely one.

“I am delighted to join the English football atmosphere, it is something amazing,” he said speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe.

“I love Arsenal’s game. I know I will have to adapt but I know the short passing game with (Bordeaux midfielder) Yoann Gourcuff.

“In February, I made my decision. A departure clause (in a potential new Bordeaux contract) was not logical after refusing Arsenal last summer.

“Arsenal were not alone. There were Liverpool, Tottenham and crazy offers from Russia.

“But I was only focused on the Premier League.”

The Moroccan international has played for Bordeaux for a decade and admits that when he leaves it will be a sad day.

“For my last matches with Bordeaux I can feel a lot of emotion,” he added.

“But I am leaving for a new challenge. At Bordeaux I was the club’s child. In London, I won’t be a kid anymore.

“I have grown, I have things to prove and I am motivated to achieve it.”


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