Palace’s Chamakh is ready to take on the Gunners.
Marouane Chamakh joined Crystal Palace from Arsenal in the summer after three difficult years in north London, but the striker is relishing a return to the Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year-old managed just 67 appearances and 14 goals for the Gunners during that time and was widely regarded as a Premier League flop.
Yet former Eagles boss Ian Holloway saw something that he liked in the Morocco international and was moved to pay £1m for Chamakh’s services.
Since making the move across London to Selhurst Park the forward has scored five goals for the club and has helped them crawl their way out of the relegation zone in recent times.
Despite enduring some tough periods under Arsene Wenger, Chamakh is relishing the chance to return and face the Frenchman when Palace travel to play his side in the league on Sunday.
“I’m very happy to be going back and playing at the Emirates again. I’m looking forward to seeing the players, the manager and the fans,” the African told the club’s website.
“I learnt a lot there on my initial arrival in England. I learned a lot about discipline, learning and understanding the English game and getting used to how to move and pass on the pitch as an attacker in this league. I’ve continued to learn a lot more since coming to Palace.
“The team as a whole is feeling confident too after [the 1-0 win against] Hull City and we are confident we’ll be ready for the game against Arsenal.”
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