Marouane Chamakh unlikely to leave Arsenal in January

Marouane Chamakh has reiterated he is unlikely to leave Arsenal in January, but acknowledged he ‘cannot stay in this situation forever’.

The Morocco international, who joined the Gunners on a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010, has started only one game in the Premier League this season.

He has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium when the transfer window opens, with the latest speculation claiming he could swap clubs with Fulham forward Bobby Zamora.

However, the 27-year-old is heading off to compete at the African Cup of Nations next month and is likely to remain with Arsenal for the rest of this season.

"I have the idea that I will finish the season at Arsenal," Chamakh told Sud Ouest. "But in May and June, I will see things differently.

"I cannot stay in this situation forever. I’m 27, I’m a competitor, I want to play, I accept many things here because it works.

"But I cannot live like this forever. I will make a decision this spring."

Chamakh admits he is prepared to consider a return to Bordeaux after revealing he would be unlikely to join a rival French club.

He added: "I will weigh up the pros and cons. If I leave here, I’ll take that possibility into consideration.

"I always said if I had to return to France, it would be with Bordeaux."