Roberto Mancini has washed his hands of Manchester City's faltering pursuit of Robin van Persie.
Mancini is losing hope that the Barclays Premier League champions will clinch the transfer of Van Persie under competition from Juventus and neighbours Manchester United.
Asked in Beijing on Thursday whether he is 'disappointed' that City haven't signed
anyone yet this summer, Mancini immediately shifted responsibility to football administrator Brian Marwood.
Mancini fell out with Marwood and former chief executive Garry Cook last summer over player recruitment with tension between the City boss and Marwood continue to exist, even if the situation does not threaten the manager's future as has been suggested elsewhere.
A number of leading players have left Arsenal in recent years, including Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. The Londoners will be increasingly desperate to try and hold on to their latest prized asset.
If they do keep Van Persie until January, it could convince him they are serious about challenging for trophies.
Despite some fabulous success enjoyed under manager Arsene Wenger, the Gunners haven't won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005.
Meanwhile Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insisted the club wouldn't sell star man Robin van Persie on the cheap, and will keep him on until January if necessary.
The Gunners remain stunned at Van Persie's desire to leave, with Manchester United and Manchester City among the clubs wanting to sign the Dutchman.
Arsenal value the player at £30m, but United are believed to have offered around half that amount.
'He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away,' said Hill-Wood.
'If he is determined to leave that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.'
It is understood that City have made a personal offer to Van Persie but that Juventus have offered more.
City play Arsenal at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing on Friday, but Van Persie is not in the Gunners' touring party.