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Maurizio Sarri has told skipper Gary Cahill he can leave Chelsea in January.
Cahill has fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri this term and has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League.
He has been a regular in the Europa League though and is likely to play against Vidi in the final group stage encounter on Thursday night.
Cahill, 32, has emerged as a surprise target for Arsenal and Sarri insists he will not stand in the defender’s way if he wants to go.
“I respect him very much because he has won everything with this club, but I have to do my job,” Sarri said in his pre-match press conference.
Arsenal need defensive reinforcements in January after Rob Holding suffered a season-ending injury. Eric Bailly and Real Valladolid’s Fernando Calero are other targets for the Gunners.