Chamakh denies diving accusations

Referee Martin Atkinson awarded the Gunners a spot-kick after
Chamakh went down in the area under pressure from Scott Dann and
Samir Nasri duly took the opportunity to score. It was a crucial
decision with Birmingham leading 1-0 at the time and, after Nasri’s
equaliser, Chamakh scored from open play to secure a 2-1 Arsenal
victory. Dann later hit out at Chamakh, saying he had ‘conned the
referee’ and was ‘already on his way down’ before there was any
contact. The Moroccan striker has responded by pleading his
innocence, insisting that he would never have gone to ground if he
had not been touched. “There was definitely a contact – the
Birmingham defender touched me and then it was all about the ref,
to give it or not,” he said in the Daily Mirror. “For me there was
contact, he definitely touched me and then the referee judged. “If
they think it is not a penalty then they can be disappointed but
for me I was definitely touched and I fell because I was touched
otherwise I wouldn’t have fallen down in the area. “If they believe
it was not a foul and they were one-nil up and obviously it changes
the game a bit then it’s normal that they will feel disappointed
now. But for me it was definitely a penalty.” Chamakh has adjusted
quickly to the Premier League and feels Arsenal can go on to win
the title despite already finding themselves five points behind
leaders Chelsea. However, he does not believe the Gunners can
afford many more slip-ups if they are to emerge triumphant. He
added: “I still believe we can do it – when you see the way we are
playing and the team we have, it’s not a problem but it will not
all depend on us. “I believe we’ll have to win all the games and
then see what Chelsea and Man Utd, the others, the teams above us,
do. Almost every game has to be won, there’s no place for any other
mistake now. “I set myself some time to adapt to English football
and it seems this time is going quicker than I thought so five in
nine or ten games is definitely more that what I thought at this
time of the season.”