By Giuseppe Muro

Marouane Chamakh’s growing importance to the Arsenal team may have been overlooked by some but his efficiency has not gone unnoticed by Arsène Wenger.

The Moroccan striker has been thrust into the leading role in Arsenal’s attack by injuries to Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner, and his manager has been impressed with the unassuming way Chamakh has gone about his business since moving from Bordeaux.

“He has a very quiet style but a very efficient one,” said Wenger.

“I believe his influence on the team has not been highlighted enough because if you look at his numbers it’s quite impressive what he has brought to the team.

“With Chamakh what is impressive above the numbers is his work rate for the team and his team attitude is absolutely fantastic.

“I like that he is quiet and doesn’t speak too much and that he works hard.”

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18 Oct 2010