Chamakh not leaving Arsenal in January

Chamakh not leaving Arsenal in January

Published Jan. 19, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Marouane Chamakh insists he will not be leaving Arsenal in this month's transfer window and has vowed to fight for his future at the Emirates.

The striker has been linked with a move away from Arsenal after struggling to hold down a regular place in the side this season.

The likes of Bordeaux, Paris Saint-Germain and Fiorentina have all been linked with Chamakh, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently admitted he was keen to keep the 28-year-old forward.

Chamakh, who is currently away on international duty with Morocco, is determined to prove himself when he returns from the African Cup of Nations and he admits he is fed up with the speculation over his future.


"I am relaxed about my future. I've spoken with the coach [Wenger] and I'm staying with Arsenal after the Africa Cup of Nations," Chamakh told the Daily Mirror.

"I think Wenger has confidence in me. It was that reason that I left Bordeaux to join Arsenal.

"I had some good performances in my first season and it's possible that I can repeat those.

"My agents have had calls from other clubs, but I want to show what I can do in the next few months.

"I'm tired of the rumours, because I only want to be focused on my work for Morocco. Personally, I have a lot more in my game and I want to demonstrate my level.

"Of course I want to play more, but it's very difficult for a forward at Arsenal. The level is very high, but that's the challenge that I was looking for."