Eric Bailly Could be the Perfect Signing for Leaky Gunners
Arsenal have been much-improved under Unai Emery this season, but the Gunners still have a habit of conceding sloppy goals and it remains a concern for supporters. The North London side have conceded 15 goals in their opening twelve matches – more than any other side in the top five – and the same amount as Newcastle United, who sit in 14th place. The former Sevilla boss will be looking for reinforcements in January and out-of-favour Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could be the ideal recruit.
The Ivorian is reportedly ‘disillusioned’ with boss Jose Mourinho and has made just seven appearances for the Red Devils so far this campaign. He has failed to complete a full ninety minutes since mid-August and is hoping to move away from the club in January. The 24-year old has fallen down the pecking order and is currently playing second fiddle to Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling. A number of Premier League clubs are believed to be sniffing around the centre-back with Arsenal reportedly preparing a bid for Bailly.
The Gunners were hoping to sign the defender this summer with Unai Emery believed to be an admirer of the former Villareal man. Despite the additions of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Arsenal are still looking for defensive reinforcements and their frailties were exposed when they conceded two penalties at Selhurst Park during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on October 28th.
With Aaron Ramsey reportedly eyeing a move away from the club and Danny Welbeck suffering from a broken ankle, Arsenal need to add to their squad when the transfer window opens at the beginning of 2019. Emery’s side will be looking to juggle Premier League and Europa League commitments and heavy rotation is likely to take place on a weekly basis. The latter is a realistic target for the Gunners and they have been priced up as second favourites at 8.50 for success in Europe’s secondary club competition. They’ve already qualified for the knock-out round and will fancy their chances of going all the way this season. Betting sites such as Unibet and Bet365 have Chelsea listed as the favourites but Arsenal will be expected to reach the latter stages, while Free bets Australian bookmakers are available with each of these sites and can be used to back Arsenal for success this season.
Bailly has plenty of experience in the Europa League and would be a savvy addition. He featured eleven times for Manchester United during the 2o16-17 campaign, playing 991 minutes in total. He was part of the side who reached the final of the competition but couldn’t compete in the showpiece event due to a suspension.
Having also played in the Champions League over the last couple of seasons, Bailly is vastly experienced and is likely to hit the ground running. The Ivorian is not enjoying life under Jose Mourinho and Arsenal would provide him with the opportunity to start afresh. The defender would likely benefit from Unai Emery’s style of play and should enjoy working under the Spanish coach and he could prove to be an incredibly useful addition to the squad. Arsenal’s defence requires a steady presence and Bailly seems like the perfect fit.