Chamakh out to stay at Arsenal

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.”