Arsenal yesterday completed the signing of long-term target Marouane Chamakh as the club's manager, Arsène Wenger, began what could be a busy summer of transfer activity for the club.
The 26-year-old joins on a free transfer at the end of his contract with Bordeaux, and Wenger has backed him to be "a great addition" to the Arsenal squad. Chamakh has made no secret of his ambition to move to the Premier League and said: "This is a dream come true and a great joy. My goal was always to play in the Premier League and Arsenal was the choice of my heart."
Chamakh played a key role in Bordeaux winning the French league title in 2009 and leaves the club after 293 appearances, during which he has scored 79 times. Wenger said: "We are delighted. He is a player we have admired for some time and I know he will provide our squad with great quality."