Chamakh considering future

Striker to decide on possible Bordeaux return in the summer

Marouane Chamakh: Started just one Premier League match this season

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Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh insists he will not leave the club in January, but will make a decision on his future at the end of the season.

The Morocco international has started just one Premier League match this season and has been linked with a return to Bordeaux, who he left for the Gunners in 2010.

Robin van Persie's sensational form means opportunities have been hard to come by for Chamakh and he does not want to continue to play a fringe role at this stage of his career.

The forward will not aim to force a move when the winter transfer window opens in three weeks, however, he could consider a switch back to Bordeaux in the summer.

Chamakh told French radio: "I am 27 and I need to play. I cannot stay like this forever. I won't leave in January, but I will take an important decision in June.

"I was surprised by the offers I got last summer, but my priority was to stay at Arsenal. A return to France? If so, it will be to Bordeaux."