Bendtner seals Juventus deal
Loan deal for Gunners striker with view to permanent transfer
Last Updated: August 31, 2012 6:01pm
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has completed his move to Italian champions Juventus on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
The Denmark international has agreed terms with the Turin giants after rejecting interest from their Serie A rivals Siena.
Bendtner, 24, will spend a second successive campaign away from the Emirates following a similar deal at Sunderland last term.
He has made 156 appearances for the north London club, scoring 43 goals, since joining from FC Copenhagen in 2005.
Speaking on his Twitter account on Friday afternoon, he said: "I can now finally say I am a Juventus player. Very proud and can't wait to wear the stripes.
"I hope we will have great times together. I want to fulfil my potential here and show the fans my absolute best as that is yet to come. I am sure I will."
Siena claim they were close to concluding a 'dream' move for Bendtner before the player learned of Juventus' interest.
"It was almost an impossible deal." Siena sports dirctor Stefano Antonelli told Sky Sports Italia. "We had an agreement for all, both with the player and Arsenal.
"But when the player understood of Juventus' interest, he phoned us to say he was going there. He always acted correctly."