Three days on from Gabriel Paulista's untimely injury against Manchester City and Arsenal remain stagnant in the transfer market.
An injury crisis looms over the Emirates Stadium heading into Sunday's opening day clash against Liverpool, with no less than eight players unavailable for the Gunners.
Per Mertesacker (knee), Gabriel (ankle), Jack Wilshere (knee), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Carl Jenkinson (ACL) are all on the sidelines, whilst Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny are still recovering from Euro 2016.
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And yet, bewilderingly, Arsene Wenger hasn't made a single summer signing since Rob Holding's £2 million arrival from Bolton Wanderers on July 22.
So stubborn is the Frenchman in the transfer market that, according to Marca (see below), Arsenal are yet to make a formal bid for Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi.
This is despite being linked with the German World Cup winner for the best part of a month, let alone the fact he could be available for as little as £25 million.
What's certain is Arsenal need to act fast if any deal is to be completed before Sunday, although reports suggest an offer will be made in the coming days.
Even after a fee is accepted - if a fee is accepted - the Gunners would need to agree upon a contract and various other fine details.
Signing Mustafi would go some way to appeasing Arsenal's frustrated fans, though, who yearn for nothing more than Wenger to brush the cobwebs off his chequebook and spend big.
And perhaps the 24-year-old's arrival would spark something of an influx in north London, with rumours continuing to link Alexandre Lacazette and Riyad Mahrez with moves.
Arsenal's reluctance to meet the pair's respective asking prices is the problem, as always, but if the money is there, why not spend it?
That's the question currently being asked of Wenger and, unless he gives in to pressure, the Frenchman risks the wrath of fans and media alike.
He's even concerned about his future ahead of the new season.
The 66-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live: "My contract runs until the end of the season. What I will do after will depend a little bit on how the season goes."
Wenger has also expressed "regret" about losing out on the Premier League title to Leicester City last season.
"All the big clubs experienced last season a regret and a feeling of guilt but that would take something away from Leicester, who had an exceptional season," he added.
"When you lose only three games in a season in a difficult league like that, you are a fantastic champion.
"[There is] guilt because you would not have predicted Leicester win the league, so all the other teams would say: ‘We should have come in front of Leicester."
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