Manchester City are likely to reject any offers for Edin Dzeko despite reports Arsenal are keen on the Bosnia striker.
Arsene Wenger is said to have turned to Dzeko after failing to sign Gonzalo Higuain and struggling to prise Luis Suarez away from Liverpool.
Dzeko, 27, seemed likely to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of last season, when Borussia Dortmund were interested in him and he was disenchanted at being left on the bench by former manager Roberto Mancini.
However, although new manager Manuel Pellegrini has signed two other forwards, in Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, he has made it clear Dzeko plays a pivotal part in his plans.
“I consider Dzeko the main striker of the team,” the Chilean said last month, confirming that Dzeko is his first-choice forward.
Dzeko had also confirmed he wanted to stay following the arrival of Pellegrini.
“The manager gives me confidence,” he said. “I feel different because someone who is important has trust in you, and that is good."
The former Wolfsburg forward, who joined City in January 2011, was their top scorer in the Premier League last season with 14 goals but only started 16 games as Mancini preferred to pick Carlos Tevez, now of Juventus, alongside Sergio Aguero.