Arsenal linked with January moves for Gary Cahill and Eric Bailly

Arsenal have identified Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Manchester United’s Eric Bailly as replacements for the injured Rob Holding, according to ESPN FC.

The 23-year-old is expected to remain sidelined for around six to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Both Cahill and Bailly have fallen out of favour with their clubs and could be looking to move on in January.

Arsenal linked with Bailly and Cahill moves

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United in discussion with Eric Bailly of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Gunners are determined to land an experienced central-defender during the winter window.

Despite being boosted by the return of Laurent Koscielny, Unai Emery wants to add greater reinforcement.

Emery is an admirer of Bailly since both men were managing and playing in Spain respectively.

Manchester United are reluctant to sell the Ivorian despite his fall out with Jose Mourinho.

Bailly has started just six games for the Red Devils this term.

Meanwhile, Cahill is also an option, with the 32-year-old being told he can leave on loan next month.

Arsenal team news vs Qarabag: Mesut Ozil returns

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 28: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal takes on Mamadou Sakho of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil has returned to full training for the Gunners after missing games with a back issue, according to Ben Dinnery.

Aaron Ramsey has also returned to normal training with Shkodran Mustafi set to be assessed ahead of Qarabag FK.

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