Rob Holding has enjoyed arguably his best season in an Arsenal shirt under Unai Emery but it has been cut short by an injury that will rule him out for up to nine months.
The former Bolton man was carried off in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United on Wednesday, leaving Emery with a defensive headache ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Huddersfield.
With the Spaniard preferring a three-man defensive system of late, he needs bodies and that may press him into action in the January transfer market.
According to the Sun, the Gunners are among a number of European clubs tracking the progress of Galatasaray teenager Ozan Kabak and Holding’s serious injury may spring Emery into life.
The defender is apparently valued at £20m and while Emery might have preferred a more experienced choice, Holding added youth and speed to the backline and Kabak could do something similar.
Emery wants to play a high line and needs improved pace among his defensive options in order to make that a success.
Kabak has impressed in the Champions League this season which underlines the quality he could bring to the Emirates Stadium as Emery looks for a plan B to replace Holding.