Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the deal to bring midfielder Andrei Arshavin to the Emirates Stadium is "90% completed" but admits the final 10% is the most difficult.
The Gunners chief had just seen Robin van Persie blast an injury-time equaliser last night at Goodison Park, with Everton on the brink of victory following Tim Cahill's 100th career goal.
Wenger said: "There is nothing new on Arshavin, I have been concentrating on the game and not taking calls."
He added: "But the deal is maybe 90% completed. However, the final 10% of any deal can be the most difficult.
"Maybe in the next two days. In this kind of job it can be difficult at this stage because people can change their minds completely."
Everton boss David Moyes had worries of a different kind, having seen his side squander possession in those dying seconds to give Arsenal their lifeline.
Steven Pienaar lost the ball deep in Arsenal's half, and Abou Diaby launched a 50-yard pass for Van Persie to convert.
Moyes said: "In the end we should have run the ball into the corner rather than concede possession like that. We did not need to give them ball away in that situation.
"We are disappointed we ended up with one point when we were so close to three. To concede a goal in the 93rd minute is hard to take after we had played so well.
"But it is worth saying that it shows how far we have come when we are upset about only drawing with Arsenal."
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