Arsenal are now being deemed as the favourites to secure the addition of a new defender who could strengthen Unai Emery’s squad in the January transfer window. 

Saturday’s trip to Liverpool was a horrible reminder of how much quality the Gunners are currently lacking in the defensive department as they were thrashed 5-1 by the league leaders.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are now favourites with the bookies to complete the signing of Gary Cahill from Chelsea in the winter transfer window.

The 33-year-old, who is believed to be pocketing £110,000-a-week wages at the moment, has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Aston Villa were claimed to be challenging the Gunners for the services of Cahill but the Championship side have pulled out of the race for the Englishman due to financial concerns.

Cahill, who has made only seven appearances for Chelsea this season, was linked with a move to the Emirates stadium during his days at Bolton.

Be the first to receive breaking news about Arsenal!