Outgoing president Joan Laporta believes it is inevitable that Cesc Fabregas will leave Arsenal for Barcelona this summer.
Laporta, who will shortly be replaced in the Camp Nou hot-seat by Sandro Rosell, fully expects the north London club to "give way" and let their captain return to his former club.
Barcelona have already seen one bid in the region of £25million rejected by the Gunners for the 23-year-old midfielder.
That is despite Fabregas reportedly informing manager Arsene Wenger of his desire to return to the Catalan club following seven years in north London.
Meanwhile Laporta, who will leave office at the end of June, fully expects the deal to be completed.
However, he has accepted that the protracted nature of the transfer means it is more likely to be completed on Rosell's watch.
"We'll keep trying and if it's not us who do it, the new board will, if they feel it's something they want to continue with," he said on the club's official website.
"I think Arsenal will gave way - but I don't know when and we just have to wait and let the professionals who are dealing with it get on with the job they've been given."