Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists there are no hard feelings towards William Gallas despite his impending move to rivals Tottenham.
Gallas, 32, who is a free agent after leaving the Gunners at the end of last term, is set to pen a one-year contract with Harry Redknapp's team.
"The Spurs move is a surprise, but I can completely understand that," said Wenger.
"At the moment he looks for a club, he is free, he has chosen the best possible option for him.
"We are thankful for what he has done for us and we wish him good luck in his new club."
Meanwhile, Wenger has declared himself happy with his defensive options following the departures of Gallas, Mikael Silvestre, Sol Campbell and Philippe Senderos during the close-season.
French centre-back Laurent Koscielny arrived from Lorient, while Wenger is reportedly chasing Sevilla defender Sebastien Squillaci.
He added: "We bought Koscielny and we are still looking for one more body.
"Don't forget, last year we did not have Johan Djourou available for the whole of last season.
"He will be available now so if we find one more player, we will be okay and will have the same numbers as last year."