Well it’s not all doom and gloom just yet, with a shoot-out between Porto and Arsenal meaning that the Gunners still have a very good chance of getting their man before the start of the new Premier League season.
The player’s agent Adriano Spadoto has revealed it’s a straight up fight over which club can offer him more regular first team football next season.
That natural assumption is that Porto have the advantage if that’s the case having seen important players vacate their midfield - namely winger James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, heading to Monaco earlier in the summer which creates big gaps to be filled.
However, just because Arsenal have several top quality players available in central midfield positions doesn’t mean they are at a disadvantage in terms of not being able to offer Bernard regular playing time.
He’s certainly good enough to compete alongside the other central midfielders at Arsenal but it’s his ability to play as a left winger, which is very significant.
Arsenal don’t have an out and out left winger in their current squad, which creates a role in the Arsenal midfield that guarantees him playing time on a regular basis.
It would also take care of a headache for Arsene Wenger in the respect that it would release Lukas Podolski from having to play a left midfield role, to concentrate on his attacking role as a centre forward for the club.
The worry is that if Arsenal identify him as a player who could play on the left of their midfield, that could put him off of a move because his best performances have come in a central role.
One of the main transfer themes that Arsene Wenger has always stuck to is the idea that he will not sign a player for a position if that player is not going to be better or improve on what he already has.
In terms of central midfield players who can drive the Gunners forward, they already have Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla reducing the necessity of Arsenal to sign another player similar to that pair.
What do you think? Can Arsenal offer him enough playing time at central midfield or is it left midfield or nothing?