Arsene Wenger denies striker Marouane Chamakh will leave Arsenal in January

The Morocco international forward has struggled for form since his bright start last year and was linked with a move away, but the Gunners boss is adamant that he will get chances
Arsene Wenger has moved to deny that striker Marouane Chamakh will leave Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Moroccan forward has yet to start a Premier League match in 2011-12 with captain Robin van Persie ahead of him in the pecking order.

But his manager played down rumours of a move back to France, telling the press: “Marouane is not going anywhere; there is not a problem with Chamakh.

“He is fighting for the position with Robin van Persie who is in great form at the moment. He will get his chance, we have so many games.”

Chamakh scored 10 goals in his first 21 games for the Gunners after arriving on a free transfer from Bordeaux last summer, but has struggled ever since.

His longest spell on the pitch in a league game this campaign is just 14 minutes as a substitute in the 4-3 defeat by Blackburn in September, during which time he scored his only goal so far this term.

“I love this club and I will do all I can to be a success here with Arsenal,” the 27-year-old insisted to reporters.

“I am working hard to reach my level.”

Chamakh was on the sidelines again during Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League Group F win over Marseille.

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