By Richard Clarke

Marouane Chamakh believes Didier Drogba is “a role model” and finds comparisons between the pair as “extremely flattering”.

The two strikers may come face-to-face on Monday when Chelsea arrive at Emirates Stadium in a crucial Premier League clash.

With ten goals in his first 26 games, the tall Moroccan frontman has made a major impact at Arsenal since following the Ivorian from French football last summer. Speaking exclusively to TV Online, Chamakh suggested he was happy to continue following in Drogba’s footsteps.

“As far as I am concerned, he is a role model for strikers,” said the 26-year-old. “He’s had extraordinary success. And as an Ivory Coast player and an African man, it makes me even happier to see him succeed and get rewarded for his hard work.

“I have the greatest respect for him and what he’s achieved even though he went through some tough times.

“I wish him lots of happiness and I hope that maybe one day I’ll get to his level, even though I know he has raised the bar very high.”

Chamakh and Drogba are both strong, tall, powerful and score goals. As a result, similarities have been drawn between the pair.

“It’s extremely flattering,” admitted the ex-Bordeaux striker. “We can have a similar style without being at the same level.

“His legacy in France is immense. He has always been a fantastic competitor and I think he has rightly been rewarded for his hard work having gone through a lot.”

TV Online subscribers can see the full video interview with Marouane Chamakh. In it, he talks about:

  • more on Drogba
  • the importance of the Chelsea game
  • their recent dip in form
  • the defeat at Stamford Bridge earlier this year
  • playing over Christmas for the first time
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