As Samir Nasri nears the Emirates Stadium exit, the acquisition of midfield reinforcements for Arsenal has taken on an even greater importance.
The departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona had already led the north London club to make a concerted effort to find reinforcements, and the Gunners are quickly running out of time.
However, one player Arsenal will not be looking to add to their ranks is Fiorentina playmaker Riccardo Montolivo, who has been linked with a move to the club in the past.
When asked about his reported interest in the 26-year-old Italy international, Arsene Wenger dismissed the suggestion - as well as stating he his not chasing Lazio striker Mauro Zarate.
"Zarate and Montolivo? No, there is absolutely nothing from us," the Arsenal boss said.
"But even if we were interested, I would not say."
With a move for Montolivo off the agenda, Wenger is said to have identified Lille's Eden Hazard and Rennes enforcer Yann M'Vila as his top targets.