Chamakh: Pulis just as good as Wenger

The striker has been impressed with the Crystal Palace boss, comparing him to Arsenal’s long-serving manager, and feels his football is benefiting from improved confidence

Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh considers Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger’s approach to football to be very similar.

Pulis earned a reputation for less-than-pretty football while in charge of Stoke City, whereas Wenger is known for preference towards neat and intricate play – with the pair set to go head to head on Sunday.

But Chamakh has looked past the style of play and insists Pulis’ desire and appreciation of football is just as strong as Wenger’s – with both boasting the same winning mentality.
“Arsene Wenger sees all matches as a chance to win. Pulis thinks the same thing, home or away. Even when we are playing the big teams, he has the same objective, which is to win matches,” Chamakh told the club’s official website.
“Managers work differently, but they all have the same objective of winning the game.

“I learnt a lot there on my initial arrival in England. I learned a lot about discipline, learning and understanding the English game and getting used to how to move and pass on the pitch as an attacker in this league.

“I’ve continued to learn a lot more since coming to Palace.”

Chamakh struggled for form during this three-year spell at Arsenal, scoring just 14 goals in 67 outings, and he now feels the increased opportunities at Selhurst Park have aided his output.

He added: “I think I’ve got a lot more confident since coming to Palace though because I’ve had a lot more experience playing matches.”

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