Arsenal – Crystal Palace: Chamakh gunning for Gunners return

Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace

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Marouane Chamakh has admitted he is relishing the prospect of facing his former club as Crystal Palace prepare for a tough clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

The Morocco international found himself surplus to requirements in a competitive squad with the north London outfit before deciding to make the switch to Selhurst Park.

Chamakh has found game time far more abundant with the Eagles and appears to be finding his rhythm under manager Tony Pulis.

Sunday sees Palace take on second-placed Arsenal and Chamakh, who has admitted he learned plenty under Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, is looking forward to the challenge, with the Eagles at 12.32 to claim the win.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be going back and playing at the Emirates again and I’m looking forward to seeing the players, the manager and the fans. I have some very good memories from playing at Arsenal.

“I learnt a lot there on my initial arrival in England. I learned a lot about discipline, learning and understanding the English game.

“I also learned about 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.”

As for Arsenal they will be determined to get back to winning ways after drawing 2-2 with Southampton on Tuesday.

The Gunners are firm favourites to secure the win on home soil, with the hosts at 1.20 to claim the three points.

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