Chamakh counting down days he becomes official Arsenal player

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh admits he is counting down the days until he officially becomes an Arsenal player.

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh admits he is counting down the days until he officially becomes an Arsenal player.

Chamakh is now set to arrive on a free transfer, worth a reported £50,000-a-week, once his contact with Bordeaux expires.

The 26-year-old - who has 15 goals for the French club this season - will give Arsene Wenger some much-needed back-up in attack, an area of the pitch which was stretched by Robin van Persie's five-month injury absence this term.

"I count the days, 11 short days. As time passes, it feels weird. I feel many emotions," Chamakh told L'Equipe.

"I am delighted to join the English football atmosphere, it is something amazing. I love Arsenal's game. I know I will have to adapt but I know the short passing game.

"In February, I made my decision. A departure clause (in a potential new Bordeaux contract) was not logical after refusing Arsenal last summer."

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