Millwall have been knocked back in an effort to land highly-rated Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on loan, indicating a first team call up for the striker could be imminent.
According to the newsatden, Ian Holloway failed in an approach to land the young goalscorer as he scrambled to add to his side before Thursday's 5pm loan deadline.
The 19-year-old has been in emphatic form for Terry Burton's side this campaign and has scored six goals in seven matches, making him the competition's second highest goalscorer. However, with the loan move to Millwall rejected, could Arsene Wenger be prepping the youngster for an imminent first team call up?
In light of Danny Welbeck's injury, the academy prospect is fighting with Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell for the starting role up front, but if he wasn't in with a shout then surely he would have been loaned out in order to get some first team experience, even if it was only going to be for the month?
Earlier in the season, the youngster got a taste of first team football as he made his way on to the pitch as a 86th minute substitute for his third appearance in an Arsenal shirt, but couldn't help Arsenal slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Southampton.
Nevertheless, the appearance showed the striker is very much on Wenger's radar and with a busy period coming up for the Gunners he may look to call on him once again.
Arsenal have nine fixtures in 33 days over the Christmas break, starting at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and ending at Southampton on New Year's day. It is a run of games that will undoubtedly mean they will need all hands on deck and, given the decision to refuse Millwall's advances, Akpom could be one of them should more injury bad luck strike.