By Joe Brewin
Marouane Chamakh says that Arsenal’s current one-striker system is working well - even if it is keeping him on the sidelines.
The Moroccan international has found himself behind the prolific Robin van Persie in the pecking order for the majority of this season, starting in just one Premier League match against Stoke.
But although first-team opportunities have been limited for Chamakh, he believes that Arsène Wenger’s tactics are a success.
“It would be better for me if we played with two strikers, but that's the system and the way of playing here,” Chamakh told Arsenal Player. “I respect that and it's working very well.
“That's the way it is, that's football and if the system were to change we would need another striker. This would provide a chance for another player, but that's the way it is at the moment.”
Chamakh enjoyed an impressive start to his Arsenal career following his move from Bordeaux in summer 2010 and the striker is enjoying life at Emirates Stadium.
“It's gone well overall,” he said. “The first year, the first season is about settling in and adapting and there are lots of good strikers around.
“I haven't played as much, what with Van Persie coming back from injury, but for me, it's been a settling in period. It’s been good to play for a club like Arsenal and getting used to the league, but I‘m trying to learn, enjoy it and long may it continue.”
The full interview with Marouane is now available on Arsenal Player.