Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains confident that French midfielder Mathieu Flamini will agree a new contract to extend his stay with the Gunners.
The 23-year-old was expected to quit the club last summer after finding first-team opportunities limited, but this term Flamini has become an integral part of the Gunners engine room.
Wenger told the club's official website: "Mathieu is free to talk (to other clubs) but the talks with Arsenal are ongoing.
"I am hopeful on it and I am not concerned."
Flamini joined Arsenal in the summer of 2003 from Marseille and has scored seven times in 136 appearances for the North London club, but his current deal runs out next summer.
Meanwhile, Wenger has backed his side to hit back quickly from the disappointment of a 1-1 home draw with Birmingham City at the weekend.
He added: "I don't think it will affect the mentality of the players. There are always one or two performances during a season when you are not at your best.
"In 22 games this season we have played well in 21 of them. Now we want to come back to what we really are."