Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh is hopeful of landing a major blow on his former club Arsenal’s title hopes in this afternoon’s clash.

The Moroccan ace left the Emirates Stadium after a thoroughly disappointing spell over the summer to join the newly promoted Eagles.

Since making the short trip to South London Chamakh has flourished, netting five goals in 24 appearances for the strugglers.

The 30-year-old will make his first trip back to his old club in Palace colours this afternoon and he says that he has gained much confidence sine joining his new side, and that the Premier League minnows are ready for their clash with the Gunners:

“I think I’ve got a lot more confident since coming to Palace because I’ve had a lot more experience. The team is feeling confident, too, after the wins over Stoke and Hull.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“We are confident we’ll be ready for the game against Arsenal.

“I’m very happy to be going back to The Emirates. I’m looking forward to seeing the players, the manager and the fans. I have some very good memories from playing at Arsenal.

“I learned a lot there. I learned about discipline and started to understand the English game and I have continued that since coming to Palace.”

Chamakh arrived at Arsenal in 2010 from Bordeaux with a reputation as one of Europe’s top emerging strikers.

However he struggled to live up to expectations under Arsene Wenger, and even endured a brief loan spell at West ham last year.