The Gunners have finally managed to clear Swiss centre back Johan Djourou off their books with Hamburg set to activate a clause in his loan deal this summer.
The 27-year-old will join the Bundesliga side permanently at the end of the season, with Arsenal set to receive £2.5m in the deal.
The defender has been on Arsenal’s books since 2002, signing professional terms as a 17-year-old in 2004, but failed to really make a regular impact under Arsene Wenger after several loan spells.
He joined Hamburg over the summer on a season long loan deal, starting 20 matches for the club. Unfortunately they’ve struggled so far, perched within the relegation zone. But he seems to have convinced the German club to purchase him, with Hamburg manager Mirko Slomka confirming his permanent status:
I am happy that he’s staying with us for the next few years as he’s a stabilising influence at the centre of our defence.
The news is certainly good for Arsenal as they’ve managed to gain some compensation for a player that clearly had no further future in north London.
Good luck to him in Germany, let’s see if he can prevent Hamburg from their first relegation in history.