Arsene Wenger has said the club will not sell striker Maroune Chamakh despite the Moroccan’s lack of first team football this season.
Chamakh joined the Gunners at the beginning of last season from Bordeaux after impressing for the French club in the Champions League. He made an impressive start though, scoring ten times in his first 21 games.
Since then, the return of Robin van Persie and the signing of Gervinho have meant he has fallen down the pecking order. Reported interest from clubs such as Juventus, Rennes and Marseille has fuelled speculation that he might be heading for the Emirates Stadium exit door in January.
He is yet to start a game this season and has made only a handful of appearances off the bench, with his longest stint coming at Blackburn when he managed 14 minutes and also scored his only goal of the campaign.
Despite this, Wenger has said Chamakh does have a future at the club and will not be sold. “Marouane is not going anywhere; there is not a problem with Chamakh,” he said. “He is fighting for the position with Robin van Persie who is in great form at the moment. He will get his chance, we have so many games.”
The striker could feature more often in the next few weeks with a Carling Cup 5th round tie coming up plus the potential for Wenger to change his side slightly if they progress in the Champions League before the end of the group stage.
Chamakh said: “I love this club and I will do all I can to be a success here with Arsenal, I am working hard to reach my level.”