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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Chamakh may leave in January

ESPN Staff

Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh may look at a move away from the club if he is not playing regular football by the time the January transfer window opens.

Chamakh had expected to play more regularly given the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, but the arrival of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud has confined the Moroccan to the sidelines once more.

The striker says a move to another Premier League team would be his preferred option, but he would not rule out a return to France and his former club Bordeaux.

"After Robin van Persie left, I thought I'd play more," he told French radio station RMC. "The competition is always a little hard in a club like that. I expected it. It's (up) to me to prove myself. But, in two, three months, if nothing changes, I must make a decision.

"With the departure of Robin, I'd say that I had a playing card. And if my playing time doesn't change, I'm not a fool - I'll leave. Bordeaux? It could be a solution, if I decide to go. But my priority is to stay in the Premier League."

Chamakh made a good start to his Arsenal career upon ariving from Bordeaux in 2010, scoring ten goals in all competitions before Christmas in his first season in North London.

Since then, however, he has become a peripheral figure, and has added just four more goals to his tally for the Gunners over the past two years.




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