Arsene Wenger has been a longstanding admirer of the Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, but he narrowly failed to sign him last summer. Since then speculations were rife about a possible Bosman-style transfer to Arsenal, once Chamakh's contract runs out at Bordeaux.
The player himself has revealed an interest to join Arsenal on many occasions and even the Arsenal boss is happy to welcome the Moroccan striker to England.
Wenger will confirm this signing once the season ends, in what is expected to be a busy summer transfer period for Arsenal.
Chamakh may not be the glamour signing that many Arsenal supporters are waiting for, but his arrival will ease the pressure on Robin Van Persie.
Currently, Arsenal's major weapon is Van Persie; the success and scoring ratio of the team is directly proportional to his availability. Arsenal scored goals at will in the early part of the season, which was mainly because of Van Persie, something that can be understood from Arsenal's performance since Van Persie's injury.
Chamakh can provide the aerial threat and his combination play with Van Persie could turn around the fortunes of the North London club.
It has been a long barren run without trophies and something needs to change. So, the first step towards glory would be the addition of Chamakh.
Debt-ridden Merseyside club, Liverpool, also tried to secure the signature of Chamakh, but the Moroccan was adamant on joining Arsenal and rebuffed a contract which was more lucrative than the one Wenger is expected to offer him.
Reportedly, Chamakh rejected a £60k-per-week offer from Liverpool and instead seems to be happy with what Arsenal are going to offer, which is rumored to be less than £55k-per-week.
Chamakh's goal scoring ratio may not be attractive and he wasn't a very charismatic player in the early part of his career, but he rose to prominence in the recent past, mainly in the 2007-08 season.
He, along with Yoann Gourcuff, ended Lyon's dominance in Ligue 1 and took Girondins de Bordeuax to dizzying heights; even to the Champions League quarterfinals!
He has scored 60 goals in the past three seasons, including the ongoing one, and that's a healthy record. 20 goals per season is not bad at all, especially on a team like Bordeaux where scoring opportunities are minimal.
He's a hard-working striker and plays with real purpose, which is obvious from his performances in this year's Champions League games.
His frame may not be the largest, but his strength is unbelievable and he has a unique knack of winning headers from difficult positions.
He almost always attacks the ball even if the chance of winning the battle is 0.01 percent, an important lesson that Nicklas Bendtner needs to learn quickly if he wants to prolong his career at Arsenal.
Chamakh's ball control as well as first touch is tidy. Most importantly he's at the peak of his career, so the headache of nurturing a prospect is out of the frame here, which is good for Arsenal since what they lack at the moment are finished products.
Chamakh's arrival will push Bendtner down the pecking order, but his ego may not allow him to sit on the bench for too long, eventually resulting in the Dane's departure from Arsenal.
Also, this signing will clear the uncertain clouds looming over Eduardo's future. Chamakh's arrival would virtually end Eduardo's career at Arsenal and it would be better for him to search for a new hub to ply his trade.
While talking about Arsenal, one shouldn't forget the injury enigmas. Luckily, Chamakh's record shows that he's less likely to get injured and has the ability to complete a full season, which is a rarity with most players currently at Arsenal.
So, Chamakh's arrival will be a huge boost and even if he's a failure, which isn't likely, Arsenal could sell him for a profit.
Anyone with contradictory views?