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Chamakh could leave Arsenal if first-team minutes are not available

Chamakh could leave Arsenal if first-team minutes are not available

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The Morocco international insists that his priority is to remain in England, but he warns that if he is not given more opportunities at the Emirates then he may be forced to leave

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has suggested that if he is not getting regular for the Gunners, he could return to Bordeaux in January.

Chamakh had felt that the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United during the summer would result in him playing for the club more regularly; however, with the likes of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud occupying places up top, coupled with the recent decision to play Gervinho as a striker, Chamakh has spent the majority of the season warming the substitutes’ bench.

"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 [to] 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 fooled, I’ll go away."

The 28-year-old insisted that he would like to stay in the Premier League, but refused to rule out a move to former club Bordeaux.

"Bordeaux? it could be a solution, if I decide to go. But my priority is to stay at Premier League," Chamakh added.

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