Bordeaux's out of contract star Marouane Chamakh has hinted he will be playing for Premier League giants Arsenal next season.
The Gunners were heavily linked with the France-born Morocco international last summer only for les Girondins to dig in their heels.
They refused to do business and will now pay a heavy price should the 26-year-old leave on a free transfer this summer.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the talented striker and he concedes he is finding it difficult to ignore the prospect of playing for Arsene Wenger's side.
However, Chamakh knows Bordeaux have a crucial end of the season ahead with a UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Lyon next in their fixture list, while the club are also locked in a keenly-contest battle for the Ligue 1 title.
"Do I already have Arsenal on my mind? A little, but our end of the season is so important that I can't plan for life after Bordeaux," he told L'Equipe.
"I took a risk by not prolonging my contract because I could get injured at any moment. It's the first time I'll be a free agent.
"If I extended including a transfer clause, everyone could take advantage of it. But the situation is much more complex. I take my choice."