Arsenal were linked with a move for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly last month, by the Sun, and the Ivorian was brought in from the cold by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Sunday’s game against Chelsea.
Bailly signed for United in 2016 for a fee the BBC reported was £30m, but has failed to live up to his potential – as evidenced by his lengthy absence from the side – and it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see him leave.
However, he limped off against the Blues and the BBC have now confirmed that he will play no further part for United this season, as well as being ruled out for the African Cup of Nations, who runs from 21 June to 19 July.
Where does that leave Arsenal’s hopes of signing him? It would represent something of a risk, especially given their own defensive injury problems down the years.
Bailly has good potential but perhaps the Gunners don’t need another injury-prone player to add to their backline.
The only potential positive is if Bailly can recover quickly and be fit for a pre-season uninterrupted by a summer tournament, but it’s likely Emery will now look elsewhere after seeing the defender suffer another setback to a chequered United career thus far.