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.”