That, coupled with Morgan Schneiderlin’s transfer to Manchester United and William Carvalho being ruled out for up to three months with a broken leg, means that the Frenchman is running out of potential targets.
But does ‘Le Professeur’ have a trick up his sleeve?
Take a look at five potential players that the Gunners boss can still sign before the transfer window slams shut on September 1:
The German international is constantly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in every transfer window and this one is no different.
Could this finally be the year in which Bender becomes a gooner?