Arsenal looking at shock transfer move for Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill as Unai Emery searches for quick replacement for Rob Holding

Centre-half is set to miss the rest of the season after he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament


Posted Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Thesun.co.uk

Arsenal looking at shock transfer move for Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill as Unai Emery searches for quick replacement for Rob Holding
Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill is the next name linked with a move to Arsenal to help with their defensive injury crisis

ARSENAL could launch a shock move for Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is facing an injury crisis at the back, with Rob Holding the latest to be struck down.

The 23-year-old is set to miss the rest of the season after he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament.

Holding was taken off on a stretcher in the first half of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

The former England Under-21 star was hurt in a challenge with Marcus Rashford.

And it is understood his boot was unable to grip on the astroturf around the perimeter of the pitch.

Arsenal looking at shock transfer move for Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill as Unai Emery searches for quick replacement for Rob Holding
The Gunners have lost Rob Holding for the rest of the season

Club captain Laurent Koscielny is still some way off match fitness in his recovery from a serious Achilles injury that has kept him out for seven months.

And Nacho Monreal, who can also cover the centre-half positions, is still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Rookie Greek defender Konstantinos Mavrapanos has continuing issues with his groin, while Shkodran Mustafi limped off against Huddersfield with a hamstring problem.

That leaves Gunners boss Unai Emery with just Sokratis Papastathopoulos as his fit centre-backs - but he is suspended and will miss Sunday's trip to Southampton.

While Manchester United's Eric Bailly is also rumoured to be on a shortlist, ESPN is reporting that Cahill could be a "short-term solution".

The former England defender is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and at 32, it doesn't look like he will get a new deal.

He has featured in just seven games this season under boss Maurizio Sarri.

But whether  Chelsea will allow him to join a Premier League rival before the season is out is another matter.



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