Chamakh went straight into the side to cover for Robin Van Persie’s absence earlier in the season but he is now on the bench as van Persie continues his recovery with scintillating form for the club.
The Moroccan said: “By the start of January I felt that I had completely lost my edge.”
“It was there for all to see. I am only human, so I’ve been given some rest. Besides, Arsenal have been able to profit from Robin van Persie’s form. He’s walking on water right now – everything he tries comes off.”