Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still hopeful of signing one or two new players before the transfer window closes, but Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette appears to have now ruled out a summer move to north London.
The Gunners slumped to a 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool in their opening Premier League match of the season, a game where Wenger was forced to name a centre-back partnership of 21-year-old Calum Chambers and 20-year-old Rob Holding.
Arsenal were booed off by sections of the home support after the final whistle with Wenger admitting post-match his side were not physically prepared for their first match of the season.
He also reiterated the club were still looking to make further additions to the squad, but admitted they now face a race against time to get those deals done. He told Sky Sports: "We need players back, I have said many times that we are working very hard to get one or two players in. There is not much time left, but it has to make sense and be quality.
"It's about identifying the players and getting the right availability."
Lacazette is one player who remains persistently linked with a move to the Emirates after Arsenal saw their opening offer of €35m rejected by Lyon in July. The France international provided more proof as to why Wenger is keen to bring him to the club in Lyon's Ligue 1 opening game on Sunday, hitting a fine hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Nancy.
That haul takes his total number of goals in French top flight to 75. Speaking after the match, the 25-year-old insisted he wants to hit three figures before leaving the club, a statement that appears to rule out a move away from Lyon before the summer transfer window closes.
"I am happy here," he said, Goal report. "I would like to reach 100 goals in Ligue 1.
"We are very happy because the first match against a promoted team is always perilous. This is a very good week."