Arsenal took a hit to their guts when frontman Danny Welbeck was reportedly ruled out for the rest of the season after taking a blow to his ankle.
Welbeck had recently hit the ground running under Unai Emery and was on a goodly course to turn into a reliable backup for the Gunners upfront before the messy incident against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday, which ended in a goalless stalemate.
Italian media outlets churned out gossips that the Gunners were keen on getting his replacement quickly, and have scouted his successor in Roma’s Patrick Shtick.
Patrick Shtick has racked up fewer appearances in the Serie A for Roma this season.
And he ticks correctly on all sides to replace Welbeck should they convince the 22-year-old to jump ship.
With Welbeck out for the long haul, Shtick is bound to get more game time at the Emirates than he’s racking up at the Italian capital.
But there’s been an abrupt halt to Arsenal’s ambitious move for the 22-year-old, after Roma’s sporting director Monchi brushed off reports the club will part ways with Shtick in January.
Speaking to Italian outlet Gianluca di Marzio, Monchi confirmed the club will not lose him on loan to another club in January.
“Schick? We have confidence in him, he won’t leave on loan.”
The Gunners will definitely have to walk away from this one, and perhaps stick their noses elsewhere, but not in I Giallorossi.