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Gunners confirm Chamakh capture
21 May 2010 - 17:43:58
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking forward to working with Marouane Chamakh after confirming that the Morocco international has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners.
The 26-year-old moves to the Emirates Stadium from Bordeaux after finding the net 79 times in 293 appearances for the French side.
He scored 14 goals in Bordeaux's 2008-09 title-winning campaign, before being linked with a transfer to Arsenal last summer, and has also netted 27 times in 53 appearances for his country.
Wenger said of his latest capture: "We are delighted that Marouane Chamakh has joined us. He is a player we have admired for some time now and I know he will provide our squad with great quality.
"Chamakh has proved he is a great player with his performances for Bordeaux and Morocco in recent seasons and we're all looking forward to him joining us.
"Chamakh is a striker of real quality and has all the attributes suited to come to England and do very well. He is not only a good football player, but a fighter as well. He is very good in the air and is also a good team player. He is a great addition to our squad."
Chamakh added: "This is a dream come true and a great joy to be joining Arsenal. My goal was always to play in the Premier League and Arsenal was the choice of my heart.
"Without any hesitation, Arsenal was my preferred club. The team and history of Arsenal, they make me dream. My goal was to join Arsenal out of the all the English clubs because it is a club that makes me dream and I have been a fan since I was a child.
"I am very excited about playing at the Emirates Stadium in front of the Arsenal supporters. I have heard many great things about the stadium and I cannot wait to be playing there in an Arsenal shirt.
"I will give my best to this club, the club that I used to support. We have many great players at Arsenal and I will be giving everything to help the team win trophies next season."