Chamakh: No Room For Discussion Now

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh does not wish to discuss his future with the club until the end of the Africa Cup of Nations.Marouane Chamach
The former Bordeaux centre-forward has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, and has scored just one goal in 15 appearances in all competitions this season.

Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has signed club legend Thierry Henry on loan while Chamakh is on international duty with Morocco, and the Frenchman wasted no time in marking his return, scoring in his first game since coming back to north London in an FA Cup clash with Leeds United.

Speaking to the press, Chamakh would not be drawn on whether or not he sees his future at Arsenal.

“I can’t answer that question,” Chamakh said.

He added: “For now you and I are in Gabon. Let’s finish the event here before talking about my future at Arsenal.”

He continued: “We have so many good players now and I think the coach is the best person to choose who comes in or not.”

Asked if he thought other striking options at Wenger’s disposal were better than him, Chamakh responded: “It’s left for you to judge.”

“Naturally it’s painful because it’s my club, but there’s nothing I can do really.”

Morocco were beaten 2-1 by Tunisia in their opening Africa Cup of Nationa game, with Chamakh substituted in the second half.

The striker conceded his team were disappointed to have lost the game, but can learn from the defeat going into further games in the competition.

“I don’t think so. We tried our best. Tunisia were strong and competitive. They had a very good defence and goalkeeper and they did not let us develop play in the midfield.

“You know, a meeting between the two north African sides is always a cracker, and maybe we will learn from this once more.”

Responding to criticism of his individual performance, Chamakh said: “To me, I played my game. I tried to contribute my quota of energy to push forth the team, but it didn’t work out. Losing a match doesn’t mean one did not perform well. So many things can be the cause.”

Chamakh also insisted Morocco will recover from the defeat and secure a victory against minnows of the tournament Niger.

“We’ll concentrate on our game bearing in mind that any further fumbling will push us out of the competition,” he said. “Morocco will bounce back. Our objective will be to pick up three points and then top off our qualification against Niger.”

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