OFFICIAL: Marouane Chamakh signs for Arsenal

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Arsenal announced on Friday that they have finally signed Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh on a free transfer.

Marouane Chamakh unveiled as Arsenal player
The 26-year-old, who scored 79 goals in 293 appearances over eight years for Les Girondins, had been widely expected to seal the move after proclaiming interest in joining the Gunners.

He told "This is a dream come true and a great joy to be joining Arsenal.

"My goal was always to play in the Premier League and Arsenal was the choice of my heart. Without any hesitation, Arsenal was my preferred club.

"The team and history of Arsenal, they make me dream. My goal was to join Arsenal out of the all the English clubs because I have been a fan since I was a child.

"I'm very excited about playing at Emirates Stadium in front of the Arsenal supporters. I have heard many great things about the stadium and I cannot wait to be playing there in an Arsenal shirt.

"I will give my best to this club, the club that I used to support. We have many great players at Arsenal and I will be giving everything to help the team win trophies next season."

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger added: "We are delighted that Marouane Chamakh has joined us.

"He is a player we have admired for some time now and I know he will provide our squad with great quality.

"Chamakh has proved he is a great player with his performances for Bordeaux and Morocco in recent seasons and we're all looking forward to him joining us.

"Chamakh is a striker of real quality and has all the attributes suited to come to England and do very well. He is also a fighter, not only a good football player.

"He is very good in the air and also a good team player. He is a great addition to our squad."

Chamakh has been handed the number 29 shirt and will join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training in July.

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