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Cosmopolitan London helped Chamakh settle at Arsenal

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh admits cosmopolitan London has helped him settle quickly this season.

The former Bordeaux star has adjusted quickly to life in the Premier League.

Chamakh told The Sun: "I settled down really quickly, the players were great with me.

"Samir Nasri really took me under his wing, when I was still at the hotel he invited round his place a few times to watch the last few games of the World Cup.

"He spoke to me about the club and taught me a few things. I really appreciated his gesture. The atmosphere is great here and you can see it out on the pitch.

"When I was at the hotel, I was lucky enough to have two or three Italian restaurants nearby - and one of them was owned by a Moroccan. Since I settled down I have brought a chef over and she makes lunch and dinner for me.

"The day I signed I was asked to repeat this sentence: 'I'm happy to be a Gunner' - I didn't even know what it meant, although I do know. It was more or less my first-ever sentence in England and I do admit it was pretty catastrophic. A lot of people wound me up about it.

"When people speak to me in English I understand, but I'm a bit shy about speaking. But with the lessons I'm taking I think it will go smoothly. I bought a little house by the training ground two or three weeks ago.

"I'm feeling good in my mind and good about myself and I'm in great shape for the rest of the season.

"Living in London is getting better after three or four months. It was a country and a city I didn't know at first, and it's radically different to France, the culture is totally different.

"The weather, their way of eating, driving on the left, the language, which I couldn't get the hang of at first."

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