Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger remains hopeful that Samir Nasri could still sign a new contract at the club.
Nasri's futrue remains in major doubt with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are believed to be keen on landing the French star - who has thus far refused the offer of a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.
Nasri has just 12-months left on his current deal, but Wenger has insisted that he would not sell - even if it meant him leaving for free next summer.
"It is not completely sorted that Samir will stay, I want him to stay and he knows that," said Wenger.
"Hopefully we can sort that out in the coming weeks."
Man City remains favourites to land Nasri, even this summer, or next year for nothing.
Meanwhile, Wenger admits he is determined to bring in at least one central defender.
He has had a new bid for long-term target Phil Jajielka turned down this week, whilst he maintains an interest in Gary Cahill and Chris Samba.
And he admits he is still battling to bring in a new stopper before the start of the new season.
"Certainly, we will have to find one more defender," said Wenger.
"I can promise we will work very hard on it. It will all speed up in August.
"In fairness, everybody looks for players. Everybody looks for the same area and you see that nobody turns up with magic. It's all about being steady, working very hard on it and being calm as well."
Wenger refused to comment on any of his defensive targets like Jajielka and Cahill, saying: "I don't want to comment individually because I do not want to destabilise clubs.
"I do not want to do to clubs what some clubs do to us, so I wouldn't like to comment individually on any player."