Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh has revealed today that he is struggling to cope with the rough and tumble style of the Premier League. However, is this a justified statement? Or is the Moroccan running himself short too quickly?
The Moroccan international arrived at the Emirates this summer from French outfit Bordeaux on a free, and has since impressed Wenger and fans alike. Though, the striker believes that playing in France is nothing compared to the English game. He was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:
‘I was never been in such a state at Bordeaux. Things take on a new dimension here. Against West Ham I was in incredible pain with my neck. It was impossible to turn my head. Every ball that’s contested here I get ploughed into – and the referee doesn’t blow for it.”
He goes on to say:
‘When people pushed me in France, I fell down and got a free kick. When there’s a hard tackle here, I have to get up and play. After a Premier League match, I walk off with my body aching, with scratch marks, stiff muscles. Three days later, we go again.’
Marouane Chamakh has been somewhat of a revelation for the Gunners since his arrival in July. The Moroccan has been Arsenal’s main striker this season, after both Nicklas Bendtner and Robin Van Persie picked up injuries early on in the season, and is doing well to keep hold of his place in the side. The 26-year-old has appeared in all 15 Premier League matches so far for Arsenal, and has netted 7 goals to date…a sign of a man struggling to adapt? It’s debatable.
Nonetheless, many Arsenal fans will agree that the striker needs to work on his strength in order to withstand the hardships of the Premier League. He has fallen over on several occasions and will need to prevent this from happening in the future; otherwise he could be branded as a diver and a cheat.
Listen, It’s still early days, and like every foreign player, he needs time to adapt to the pace and strength of the English game. Chamakh’s statement maybe a correct, and viable one in some fans eyes, however, many (like me) believe he has not done himself justice with his words.
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