Marouane Chamakh believes there is nothing better for a footballer than playing in the Premier League.
Arsenal's new striker was left in awe of the English game after playing for Bordeaux against Liverpool and Chelsea in the Champions League.
The Moroccan international says he has always been fascinated by Premier League football and deems himself ideally suited to playing in this country.
"For a player, there is nothing better than England," Chamakh told the Official Matchday Programme. "This is a real football country with love and passion for the game and the clubs.

"I guess with my height and my qualities in the air, playing in England was always the best choice for me.
"I have always dreamt of playing in this league. I know that I still have a lot of hard work to do to perform well in the Premier League but I am very motivated and hungry to do well. There still is a lot of room for improvement in my game.

"I used to watch all the big games on TV in France, with the amazing fans, in great stadiums with great goals and great players and I used to think ‘I want to play there one day'. And then I played against Chelsea and Liverpool with Bordeaux in the Champions League and those two experiences were unbelievable.
"Despite the two defeats [4-0 and 3-0], I loved the way the fans supported their team, I love the rhythm of the game.

More than the physical aspect, I would say that it's the pace of the game in England that has always fascinated me. It's fast, with no breaks, from one goal to another from start to finish. It is like that in every game, not only in the big games. It is very impressive."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme for the 2010 Emirates Cup. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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4 Aug 2010