Marouane Chamakh announces retirement
Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 35 after not playing for almost two-and-a-half years.
The former Morocco international striker who featured for West Ham, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, and Bordeaux in his heydays had been without a club since he left Cardiff in 2016 with his last game being in the English Championship on 3 December that same year.
Chamakh told beIN Sports: "Today I can say that I really retired from football.”
Born in France, Chamakh spent eight years with Bordeaux scoring 56 goals in 230 league appearances and won one Ligue 1 title and two French League Cups.
He moved to Arsenal in 2010 and went on to make 40 Premier League appearances in three seasons, netting eight goals after which he went on to play for West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Cardiff City.
At the international level, Chamakh represented France's Under-19s before switching allegiance to Morocco in 2003.
He made his debut for the Atlas Lions against Sierra Leone in Casablanca in June 2003 and went on to make 65 appearances, scoring 18 goals.
Chamakh helped Morocco finish as runners-up at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations and featured at the next two Nations Cup finals.