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Reports: Demba Ba loan deal officially off

Chelsea have refused to loan Demba Ba to Arsenal.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Arsenal had been working hard to bring in a backup to Olivier Giroud in the person of Chelsea's Demba Ba, but it appears that the proposed loan move has been scrapped. Chelsea refuse to loan the player to "a rival," according to the entire soccer reporting establishment. Want proof?

It's not too surprising, but Ba would have been good for the role proposed. One assumes the hunt continues.