Despite Yann M'Vila's ankle sprain suffered against Serbia last week, the Arsenal target will travel with the French squad to Poland and Ukraine for Euro 2012. The news means that the Gunners will face a prolonged wait to discover whether they will get their man.
M'Vila's club Rennes is expected to wait until after the tournament to enter formal negotiations for their midfielder's all-but certain departure.
But Arsenal could have a secret weapon in their efforts to tempt the 21-year-old to the Emirates ahead of reported interest from Inter. Defender Laurent Koscielny has sad that he would love to see his France teammate join in him at Arsenal and will have no problem informing M'Vila of the positive influence Arsene Wenger has had on his own career.
I don't know what plans the club have in terms of signings, he told Goal.com. I only see what appears in the newspapers because Wenger tells us nothing about that. But I would like one of my French team-mates to join us for next season.
Yann is a player with enormous quality. He is strong on the ball and has great vision. He can triumph in an important competition like the Premier League.
Would he be good at Arsenal? Of course.
I will try to convince him to come when we are together at the Euros, he reportedly joked.
As well as trying to bring in M'Vila, Arsenal's other priority this summer is sure to be attempting to secure the future of star man Robin van Persie. Several clubs are reportedly courting the Dutch striker, who has just a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates. And Van Persie had a word of praise for one of the interested parties.
Juventus are a great team. But I have agreed with Arsenal that I will not discuss my future, he said, according to TalkSport.
All I can say is that it is my intention to have a great Euro 2012 and win it. I also want to continue playing in the Champions League.
I've never felt so strong and I just want to continue winning. At this point in time all I want to do is focus on the European Championship. There will then be time to address other matters.
While the comments about Juventus mean little, it will be both Arsenal's and Van Persie's silence on the issue that will likely be concerning the club's fans. Unfortunately the lack of information is sure to continue until at least after Euro 2012.
Arsenal could be forced into a similar battle to hold onto another first-team regular with just a year left to run on his contract in Theo Walcott. Talks have reportedly stalled on renewing the England international's deal and, according to the Mirror, Chelsea is ready to pounce.
Though the winger has often been a frustrating presence in the Arsenal side, the club would be loathed to lose him to one of their rivals for a cut-price fee.
A potential replacement for Walcott could potentially have been Blackburn's Junior Hoilett. The versatile attacking midfielder has been a reported target for Wenger for some time, but it now appears that he will be plying his trade elsewhere next season. The Times reports that the 21-year-old is set to join Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
Arsenal may, though, be reentering the race to sign Crewe's highly-rated Nick Powell. Manchester United has long been favorites to snap up the 18-year-old midfielder, but Arsenal is also still pursuing an interest, according to the Daily Mail.
Powell snagged a clean sweep of the club's end of season awards as Crewe earned promotion, via the playoffs, from League Two last season. He has been widely valued at £4 million, although the Mail says that the figure could instead be closer to the £10 million mark. For a player untested outside of the Football League basement, it is a price unlikely to be paid by any club, let alone Arsenal.