Chamakh still happy at Arsenal

Van Persie’s blistering form has made the Gunners skipper the

standout choice for Arsene Wenger in his one-forward system. And

while Chamakh would like to be in the first XI, the Morocco

international accepts Arsenal’s current formation is working well.

“It would be better for me if we played with two strikers but

that’s the system and the way of playing here,” Chamakh told

Arsenal Player. “I respect that and it’s working very well. “That’s

the way it is, that’s football and if the system were to change we

would need another striker. “This would provide a chance for

another player but that’s the way it is at the moment.” Chamakh,

though, has enjoyed his time with Arsenal since his move from

Bordeaux in the summer of 2010. “It’s gone well overall,” he said.

“The first year, the first season is about settling in and adapting

and there are lots of good strikers around. “I haven’t played as

much, what with Van Persie coming back from injury but for me, it’s

been a settling in period. “It’s been good to play for a club like

Arsenal and getting used to the league but I’m trying to learn,

enjoy it and long may it continue.” Van Persie, meanwhile, accepts

he would not be the player he is now without Wenger. The

28-year-old has scored 108 goals in 246 appearances for the Gunners

since he arrived from Feyenoord in 2004. Van Persie said on his DVD

100 Goals RVP: “I’m so thankful I met him. When I was 20 he asked

me, ‘Why are you not a top player yet?’ “I said ‘Because of this,

this and this.’ He told me to think about the reasons why and a

couple of years later asked me again, ‘Are you a top player?’ “I

again said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ And he said, ‘Why not? Think

about it.’ “It was then I started to realise. He gave me a little

bit of advice on certain things I was doing. “He told me to think

more about my actions. It was a conversation which lasted a year.

Every couple of weeks he would refer to that conversation we had.

“He was giving me proof as well so I could go on and find my answer

and I was finding answers all the time. He helped me big time.” Van

Persie also warned fans that his current hot streak may eventually

come to an end. He added: “For people on the outside it might look

as if I’m going to score because I’ve been scoring the last couple

of weeks. But for me I’m in a different vibe. “I still have to do

it. I have to find the solution to score which is completely

different and quite hard. But when you’re in the vibe and only need

one or two chances to score, that’s the best feeling that a

footballer can have.”