While Marouane Chamakh was excelling in his final season at Girondins Bordeaux last season, the Morrocan had another eye on how Arsenal were faring in England.

And according to Chamakh, the Gunners’ 2009/10 campaign was derailed by tough luck.

“We finished third and got an automatic place in the Champions League. Unfortunately, we fell short in the Premier League to Chelsea. And there were ups and downs during the season.” Chamakh said

“I am a bit disappointed because we deserved better. But because of bad luck in injuries, we lost Gallas, Fabregas, Van Persie – some high profile players and that was damaging for the team.”

The 26-year-old insists Wenger’s men could have done even better had the old foe not stood in their way.

“The injuries were a result of bad luck and I think we could have done something better than third place if we had less injuries.” the Morrocan international said.

Chamakh was the catalyst of an adventurous Champions League run by Bordeaux last season and despite enhancing his reputation with his tally, the 6’2 striker feels the Premier League will be stage of improvement for him.

“I am not at the prime of my career. I believe I still have room for improvement. I have not yet acquired all the qualities to progress in another league.”

“I hope to improve in other fields of my game and we will see what it will give me.” Chamakh said.

So what is Arsenal’s No. 29’s message to all gooners for the 2010/11 season?

“My message to the Arsenal fans is that, I will give my best for the club – the club that I love and used to support. I will give all that I have to win us a trophy.” he said.


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