Arsenal favourite Chamakh: I am two years ahead of schedule

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh admits he's surprised himself with how well he's done this season.

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh admits he's surprised himself with how well he's done this season.

The Moroccan striker has already scored 10 goals since arriving in the summer from Bordeaux as a freebie.

Chamakh, who faces Fulham today, said: "I told myself I would need a year or two to be up to scratch.

"I used to read articles about former French league players who were abroad, about their struggles. I knew I would be homesick when I left my cocoon in Bordeaux.

"But I didn't cost the club anything. If I had been bought for £18million, different things would have been expected from me at the start.

"I was lucky that two centre-forwards from last season got injured (Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner). I played and profited from that. Points are so valuable here that you have to force yourself to be a killer.

"That's why they count sending offs and the penalties you've earned in the Premier League. I have forged this mentality over the four months and you can see that in the stats. I was always told, ever since my first season as a pro, 'Be more selfish'.

"It took a while. I improved last year under Laurent Blanc when I scored 15 goals.

"He made me understand that my stats had to count. It's even more the case with Arsenal.

"I can no longer be satisfied with playing well, I need goals."

 
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