Arsenal were last night still locked in negotiations over Thierry Henry's proposed loan deal and facing up to the possibility that it might not be ratified in time for him to play in Monday's FA Cup tie against Leeds United.
Issues regarding paperwork and dates are understood to be delaying negotiations with the New York Red Bulls who would prefer a shorter loan period than two months.
The deal would have to be registered with the FA by 12noon today for Henry to play on Monday.
Arsenal had hoped to finalise the deal earlier this week but do still have Marouane Chamakh available as cover for Robin van Persie on Monday before he departs with Morocco for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Gervinho is not available for the Leeds match as he must join up for the Ivory Coast's two-week training camp, which begins tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta could have been lining up for England at Euro 2012 had it not been for Fifa's rules.
The 29 year-old hails from the city of San Sebastian in the Basque region, but has played in England since joining Everton in 2005.
Arteta's form for Everton saw him touted as a possibility for Fabio Capello's squad two years ago, having not previously represented Spain at senior level.
The player considered an England call-up but the decision was taken out of his hands upon closer examination of world governing body Fifa's regulations.
"If it was any other country I would have had to say no, but because it was that one I said I would have to think about it," he said.
"England has been really good to me professionally and personally. In the end I didn't have to make a decision because I wasn't allowed to play because of Fifa rules.
"At least it was nice to know that Fabio Capello and his staff were thinking about bringing me into the national team. I feel English in some ways because I have spent the biggest part of my career here.
"Obviously I know how English people think, what they do, the culture - I know everything. I have to adapt to that so I am living life like an English person.
"It's funny - I look at my child and hear her talk English. It's amazing."