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Gary Cahill has been frustrated by lack of playing time at the Stamford Bridge and Sarri noted that the player has failed to adapt to his Maurizio Sarri football style.
Arsenal will reportedly lock horns with Fulham in signing the experienced defender in January, the Daily Mailclaims
Rob Holding is out for the rest of the season with ruptured knee ligaments, while Nacho Monreal is struggling with a hamstring injury and Konstantinos Mavrapanos has a dodgy groin. Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny is only starting to ease his way to match fitness after seven months out with an Achilles injury.
That has left Arsenal manager Emery desperate for defensive reinforcements in next month’s transfer window, and he is believed to view Cahill as a serious option.
West London rivals Chelsea will allow the 32-year-old, who has barely played for them this season, to leave next month after seven years at Stamford Bridge.
Cahill – a £7m signing from Bolton in 2012 – has made only seven appearances for Chelsea this season and only one in the Premier League back in September.
It is believed Fulham current situation has forced them to seek reinforcement having spent over £100m on 12 new players in the summer following promotion from the Championship, but currently have the worst defensive record in the division, despite five of those being defenders, with a -24 goal-difference.