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Arsenal target Chamakh tells Bordeaux he needs fresh challenge

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh admits he's seeking a new challenge.

The 26-year-old is available on a free transfer as his contract with the French champions expires at the end of the season.

Liverpool were interested in Chamakh, but Rafa Benitez has conceded defeat in the race for his signature to leave Arsenal in pole position.

"I just want to discover different football and other fans," the striker said in L'Equipe.

"The time I have spent here (Bordeaux) has been wonderful and I still have other moments to share with the group."

He added: "I want to give my best before leaving for new horizons. I will not give up trying.

"My club and town will remain Bordeaux for ever. But I want to discover a different league, a different culture."

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