Arsene Wenger maintains there is not yet any agreement in place to secure the arrival of striker Lukas Podolski, which is expected to be confirmed before the end of the season.
The 26-year-old is understood to be keen to join the Gunners in the summer, with suggestions an £11million deal had already been agreed with Cologne.
The Poland-born forward would certainly add some experience to the Arsenal attack in support of 32-goal captain Robin van Persie, having played at the World Cup twice and also in two European Championships.
Wenger, though, maintained at Friday's press conference ahead of Monday night's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle, that the transfer was not yet a done deal.
"I have not a lot to say about that because if we sign a player we will inform you. At the moment we have not signed anybody. There is still no agreement.
"The distance to the agreement is not always linked with the signing. When you are very close you are quickly very far again, but P...