The long-term injury to Olivier Giroud has reportedly forced Arsenal into making a late delve into the transfer market in order to sign a striker.
A number of players have been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium, including AS Monaco star Radamel Falcao (click here to read more) and Juventus attacker Sebastian Giovinco (click here to read more).
One name that has yet not been mentioned in the press today is that of Porto striker Jackson Martinez. The Colombia international has long been linked with a move to Arsenal and reports gathered pace after his 2014 World Cup performance in Brazil, but earlier this month he signed a contract with the Portuguese giants that will see him remain with them until June 2017.
However, given the nature of transfer deadline day, there is no doubt that Martinez’s name will pop up somewhere in the press today with reports claiming that Arsenal have made 'a last-ditch attempt’ to sign him.
But even if Arsenal did do that, then there is no chance that they will be able to sign him. That’s because Martinez has given a definitive answer on his future as he heads to Miami to play for Colombia against Brazil in a friendly international.
Porto's in form striker Jackson Martínez on Deadline Day: "Whatever happens won't concern me. If I'm staying? Yes. I'm happy at Porto."— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) September 1, 2014
Jackson Martínez is on the move! Heading for Miami to face Brazil in a friendly. "I'm staying" was his final words. pic.twitter.com/7HK7adP8Sr— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) September 1, 2014
Those comments from Martinez should be enough to keep the press from running any stories on him leaving Porto – until January, of course.