Arsene Wenger has been forced to return for his original January transfer target Alvaro Morata after being rejected by other targets, reports the Daily Mail.
The Real Madrid striker was rumoured to be available on a short-term loan deal after struggling to break into the first team ahead of Karim Benzema and Jesse Rodriguez.
However, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed to reporters on a number of occasions that Morata wouldn't be allowed to leave the Bernabeu in the January transfer window on either a permanent or a temporary basis.
Things took a twist when Morata and Ancelotti reportedly had a bust up over the player's first team role–or lack of– increasing speculation that he could well be on the move.
By that time Wenger was already on the look-out for alternative targets with a temporary bid for Barcelona's Cristian Tello and Juventus' Mirko Vucinic seemingly in the pipeline.
But both of those deals have now been ruled out leaving Wenger with little over 24 hours to find a suitable replacement for the injured Theo Walcott.
The Gunners are now expected to go back to Real Madrid officials, urging them to reconsider their position on Morata.