Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has been forced to defend himself amid claims of diving to win a penalty during the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Birmingham on Saturday. The Moroccan international was accused of cheating by Blues defender Scott Dann, while his team mate Roger Johnson claimed Chamakh was “an embarrassment.”
The 26-year-old – who later scored Arsenal’s winner – is quoted in Mirror Football as saying: “There was definitely a contact – the Birmingham defender touched me and then it was all about the ref, to give it or not. For me there was contact, he definitely touched me and then the referee judged.”
Eboue content on the bench.
Ivory Coast international Emmanuel Eboue has declared himself content with bench warming, as long as the Gunners continue to earn victories in the Premier League. The 27-year-old – who has won 60 caps for his country – has not been a permanent fixture in the first team this season.
According to Club Call, he said: “I never think about myself – for me, it is always about the team. Even if I am not brought on, I am just privileged to be among the 18 players. I have a responsibility to the squad whatever the situation.”
Eduardo – Tackle changed career.
Former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva has admitted that the horrific leg injury he suffered while playing for the Gunners has changed his career. The injury – ironically against Birmingham City, who Arsenal defeated 2-1 on Saturday – kept the 27-year-old sidelined for a year.
He returns to the Emirates this week with new side Shakhtar Donetsk ahead of a showdown in the Champions League, but feels he may have been spearheading the Gunners’ attack had the injury not been inflicted.
According to Sky Sports, he said: “It wasn’t my fault I broke my leg, but it’s true to say that moment changed my sporting career. I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t suffered the injury, but perhaps with more continuity I would still have been in the team.”