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Chamakh admits he is struggling with Premier League life at Arsenal

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh admits he has never experienced the kind of treatment he cops out on the pitch in the Premier League.

The Morocco international has been a revelation for the Gunners since joining from Bordeaux in the summer, scoring seven goals in the league and a total of 10 in all competitions, but admits the physical nature of English football leaves him bruised and battered.

"I was never in such a state at Bordeaux," Chamakh said.

"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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