Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal are not close to signing anyone, but seemed to suggest that he still holds hope of sealing one more deal before the window shuts.
The Gunners have made just one notable addition this summer, agreeing a £10million deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Having spent over £100million on transfers last season, the pressure on Wenger to add to his squad has been far easier than in recent years.
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However, fans and pundits alike continue to insist that Arsenal need to sign a new striker if they want to mount a serious Premier League title challenge.
Those beliefs are borne out of a theory that Olivier Giroud, despite scoring 14 goals 27 Premier League appearances last season, is not good enough.
Karim Benzema appears to be the dream signing for most people of this opinion and reports linking Arsenal with a record-breaking move refuse to die down.
Despite some tenuous claims that Arsenal have already had a bid accepted for the Real Madrid striker, Wenger has confirmed that he is not close to agreeing any deals.
He does, however, admit that he expects to make a signing between now and the end of the transfer window on September 1.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Arsenal's clash with Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday night, Wenger said: "We expect, like you, (journalists) to make a signing but we are not close."
Along with Giroud, Wenger has also shown a willingness to play Theo Walcott in a central role while Danny Welbeck is expected to return from a niggling injury in the next two weeks.
None of the above can be classed in the same category as Benzema, but they are all proven Premier League goal scorers. If Benzema arrives, one will surely have to go.