Chamakh: I always dreamed of playing for Arsenal
For so many young players in France, Arsenal is the dream. The chance to play for Arsene Wenger in the Champions League as well as the Barclays Premier League. The chance to follow Henry and Vieira, Petit and Pires.
"Dennis Bergkamp was probably my favourite," Chamakh told the Daily Mail. "I have followed Arsenal since I was 12 or 13. Bordeaux was my team, but Arsenal became my international team, because of the manager I guess. So it was always a dream to come here one day.
"I loved Bergkamp. I admired the whole team but Bergkamp was a great player. Classy. I liked his style of play but I loved the way he scored his goals, too. Do you remember the one against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup? That was the goal of the year!"