Arsenal go into the summer transfer market with one apparent area in need of obvious improvement, up front. Olivier Giroud has cast a lonely figure for the club this season with little to no help coming from injury prone back-up Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner.
But one player they have been heavily linked with, that they won't be signing, is Swiss international striker Josip Drmic.
He has been heavily linked with several Premier League clubs over the course of the last few weeks, West Ham and Everton also mentioned.
But it was Arsenal who appeared to have the most concrete interest in his services and at the weekend he became instantly more obtainable. He scored against FC Schalke on Saturday but it was not enough for his side FC Nurnberg to survive the drop as they lost 4-1 and were duly relegated to Ligue 2. Drmic's strike was his 17th of the season - making him third top scorer in the league behind illustrious duo Robert Lewandowski and Mario Mandzukic.
With this relegation also came a release fee, believed to be in the region of five million euros - so no wonder Arsenal were interested.
But as we alluded at the weekend Arsenal would need to act quick as Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen had already made a bid for the player - even though German ex-pro turned pundit Lothar Matthaus kept assuring everyone that it was a done deal.
That deal has now gone through. Leverkusen announced on their official website earlier today that Drmic had signed a contract to stay at the BayArena until 2019 - in a deal said to be worth just £4.9m.
"It's really bitter for me that I have to leave the club in this way . I had a great time there despite the sad season. But now I want to play in the Bundesliga with Bayer 04 and finally reach the Champions League in the play-offs in August. This is a dream for every professional footballer. Leverkusen has a great team and convinced me in many conversations from the fact that it is absolutely the right decision to move here."
However not many an Arsenal fan seemed to be too bothered on missing out on this talented striker. On Twitter the reaction was a humorous mix of 'who?' and 'who cares?' as the Gunners faithful hope for bigger name arrivals to help their striker crisis.
Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter...
Leverkusen sign Drmic. Probably the right move for him. Arsenal probably would've been a pretty big move for him.— Manas (@manasafc) May 12, 2014
I wouldn't know drmic if he knocked on my door tried selling me double glazing not really a loss good luck to him I say— ARSENAL TILL I DIE (@liammervyn) May 12, 2014
Drmic has signed for Leverkusen then, 5 year deal. Promising prospect but hopefully we'll be getting someone better.— Cürtis (@TouchOfRamsey) May 12, 2014
Not bothered about Drmic not coming to AFC. Save that £8m and put it with for another £30m for a world class striker.— Rob Sellers (@RobSellers) May 12, 2014
I don't even know what Drmic looks like lol— Chiazö (@GoonerChizzy) May 12, 2014
Drmic is a big prospect but I think we need to set our sights slightly higher this summer. #afc— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) May 12, 2014
So Drmic has joined Leverkusen instead.— Des' (@Des_Sagwe) May 12, 2014
Drmic has officially joined Bayer Leverkusen. Well then, one rumour out the window.— Boston Gooners (@BostonGooners) May 12, 2014