Posted on Saturday, 30th July 2011 by Tony Merakli
Marouane Chamakh believes his second season in the Premier League should be easier than his first.
The 27-year-old, who joined The Gunners on a free last summer from Ligue outfit Bordeaux , made a promising start to his Arsenal career last season. However, as time went on, Chamakh’s form tailed off and soon found himself behind fit-again Robin van Persie in the striking pecking order.
But the Moroccan international, who bagged 12 goals for the north London club last season, believes he is now more familiar with his surroundings and team-mates, which should help him perform better.
Asked whether he thinks his second season in the English game would be easier, Chamakh said:
‘I think it’ll in fact be easier.’
‘I understand both the football and the group better, and I now have many friends in this team. So I aim to keep improving and to make a big contribution.’
‘Your first pre-season is always difficult, you have to accustom yourself to new training and make new friends, but we’re all together and everything looks fine.’
Whilst Chamakh believes it will be easier to perform in the Premier League this time around – which technically it should be – I personally don’t believe we will see much of him, especially if RVP manages to stay fit.
I think this is an important season for the striker.
Although he impressed in the early stages of last season, his form dropped and at times looked out of place, but this can be excused purely because he was new to the league and the side. However, should the same occur this season, then Chamakh could possibly be on his way out of the Emirates next summer.
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