The Monitor (Kampala)

Uganda/Morocco: Moroccan International Chamakh Glad to Join Arsenal

Bloemfontein — Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh is confident he made the right choice in joining English Premiership side Arsenal.

The 26-year-old striker, who was on duty for Radio France International (RFI) at the World Cup, was speaking to Daily Monitor after football's greatest showpiece at the Free State stadium, Bloemfontein.

"I am leaving a big club in France to join another big club in England. I have spent nearly eight years with Bordeaux. The club manager Blanc (Laurent) gave me a chance to shine. "Now I need a new challenge at Arsenal," said the Cristiano Ronaldo-lookalike.

Asked if he received other offers, the lanky striker remarked; "Other clubs came in with offers but working with Wenger (Arsene) was my first choice. "I will join my teammates for pre-season after my work here." Chamakh scored 10 goals in French Ligue 1 last season having netted 14 times in the previous campaign.

Those goals were of immense value as they helped Bordeaux win the French title to end Lyon's seven-year reign at the helm. He joined the London club on a free transfer in May. Born and raised in France, Chamakh decided to play for the country of his parents' origin.

He has won 53 national caps for Morocco and scored 27 goals. The youthful ace was part of the side that lost 2-1 to host nation Tunisia in the 2004 African Nations Cup final. While with the Gunners, Chamakh will don the number 29 jersey.

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