Marouane Chamakh admits he's playing injured for Arsenal.

The striker has niggling shoulder and neck problems and is set to be rested for tomorrow's Carling Cup home clash with Wigan.

The Moroccan, a free transfer from Bordeaux, said: "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.

"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."

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