Date: 24th July 2012 at 10:10am
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Marouane Chamakh is hoping that the likely sale of Robin van Persie will help to reignite his Arsenal career. The Moroccan international has shrunk limply into van Persie`s shadow since the turn of 2011 and has dramatically lost form, meaning the manager rarely even trusted him for substitute appearances last season. But Chamakh thinks he could resurrect his prospects if Arsenal`s captain is sold.

‘Yes (I will benefit if van Persie leaves). If I am staying here with Arsenal I will do my best for the team and give the maximum.
‘Last season was difficult. We were playing with just one striker. There was not a lot I could do.”

(editor`s note: did you try working hard for your place? Making yourself an option so that van Persie could be rested once in a while or so that you could get your arse off the bench a bit more? Did you try staying out of Movida for a weekend or two?)

‘I was upset because I thought I could have played more. I hope this season I will play more than last.

‘I have not spoken to the manager but I will soon. Yes, I need to be more confident. But to be more confident I need to play more. I am determined to stay.’