Arsene Wenger says he may take advantage of Nicklas Bendtner being unable to secure a move away from Arsenal after the striker once again saw his exit thwarted by his wage demands.
Bendtner came close to finalising a move to Eintracht Frankfurt during the summer but the club confirmed that he wanted to much money to make a move to the Bundesliga outfit.
Recently Premier League newcomers Hull also sounded out the Denmark international but once again the wages became an issue.
Manager Steve Bruce said of the 25 year old: "Everyone assumes (an interest in Bendtner) but the problem with Nic is can I afford him?
"He has a huge salary. I've been able to get him on loan at my last two clubs. I know the lad, he has terrific ability but it's difficult with the amount of money he earns at the minute."
And now after having not signed any senior strikers in the transfer window, apart from French youngster Yaya Sanogo, Wenger says he may find use for Bendtner as the possibility of an exit grows smaller by the day.
"The chance for him to leave now is very small," he told reporters today. "If he comes back well and gets fit, I will use him."
Arsenal had reportedly targeted Gonzalo Higuain in the transfer window but the club never made a concrete move and the Argentine ended up moving to Napoli instead.
Wenger put in a club record bid for Luis Suarez but Liverpool continually insisted they would keep their striker and the Uruguayan now appears set to remain at Anfield.
Now it seems Arsenal fans may have to get used to the idea of Bendtner being a genuine option, despite the Dane spending the last two seasons out on loan at Sunderland and Juventus; on both occasions struggling to impress.