Bordeaux admit they are struggling to begin talks with Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh over a potential return to the club.
The French outfit are keen to bring the Moroccan back after he made over 200 appearances between 2003 and 2010.
Chamakh has failed to break into the Gunners first team since his move to the Emirates in May 2010 and has mainly been restricted to substitute appearances this season.
He made a blistering start to his career with the North London club, scoring 10 goals in 21 league and cup appearances, but has scored just twice since.
Bordeaux are looking re-sign the 27-year-old when the transfer window reopens but president Jean-Louis Triaud admits it has been a difficult process.
He said: "In the last two months I have been leaving messages with Marouane. I also left messages with Arsene Wenger but I got no answer.
"His silence shows probably that he still hopes he will make it at Arsenal."