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Free transfer status helps Chamakh settle at Arsenal

Marouane Chamakh puts his good form down to being a free transfer after a blistering start to his Arsenal career. The former Bordeaux striker has already found the net on 10 occasions since his summer switch.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Fulham, he told The Sun: "I told myself I would need a year or two to be up to scratch.

"I used to read articles about former French league players who were abroad, about their struggles. I knew I would be homesick when I left my cocoon in Bordeaux.

"But I didn't cost the club anything. If I had been bought for £18million, different things would have been expected from me at the start.

"I was lucky that two centre-forwards from last season got injured (Van Persie and Bendtner). I played and profited from that.

"Points are so valuable here that you have to force yourself to be a killer.

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