Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner will almost certainly stay at Arsenal.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Juventus, where he made only a handful of starts, and was expected to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
However, with the Gunners unable to find a buyer, Wenger has revealed that Bendtner will be an option this season.
"The chance for him to leave now is very small," the Frenchman told reporters in his latest press conference. "If he comes back well and gets fit, I will use him."
After missing out on several world-class striker targets this summer, including Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain, Wenger's latest comments are unlikely to please the Gunners' faithful, who remain hopeful of a big-name arrival before the transfer window closes on Monday.
Bendtner, who has scored 45 goals in 157 matches for the north London outfit, is far from a fan favourite at the Emirates Stadium and has job on his hands to convince both the supporters and Wenger that he is a reliable back-up option to first-choice striker Olivier Giroud.
The Gunners take on local rivals Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.