are set to make a last-ditch bid to sign Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to ease the club’s injury crisis.

The Gunners lost Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos during Friday’s 3-1 defeat to , adding to the long-term injuries sustained by Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding.

Unai Emery admitted earlier this month that Arsenal can only make loan signings in the January transfer window and do not have funds available to make permanent moves.

That’s left the Gunners with limited options and Cahill, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is back on Emery’s radar.

The 33-year-old has made just seven appearances for the Blues so far this term and has played just 21 minutes of football.

Chelsea have made it clear to Cahill that he’s free to leave the club and the claim Emery will make a late bid to sign the defender.

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Cahill has attracted interest from Crystal Palace and Fulham but given his contract is up at the end of the season Arsenal are likely to be able to afford to sign the defender for a small fee.

Sokratis is set to miss at least the next four weeks of action, though Arsenal are hopeful the jaw injury sustained by Koscielny against United is not as bad as first feared.

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