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Bailly has played just five times for Man United this season and was fazed out at the back end of the previous campaign too.
It’s left the Ivorian wondering what future he has at the club under Jose Mourinho, who made the centre-back his first signing as United boss in the summer of 2016.
Bailly didn’t even make it to half-time in the club’s last match before the international break at home to Newcastle.
He was embarrassingly hauled off after just 19 minutes at Old Trafford after the visitors raced into a 2-0 lead.
Starsport understand Bailly has been feeling increasingly disillusioned with life under Mourinho and fears for his future.
Arsenal could provide a passage out of the club, with coach Unai Emery knowing him well from his time in Spain.
United signed Bailly from Villarreal and he previously turned out for Espanyol.
Emery came up against him while in charge at Valencia and Sevilla and could now push to work with the 24-year-old at the Emirates.
“Arsenal are keeping an eye on Man Utd defender Eric Bailly”
Arsenal need a long-term replacement for captain Laurent Koscielny, and the Ivory Coast international could fit the bill.
Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Sokratis and Konstantinos Mavropanos are other defenders on the books, along with Callum Chambers who is at Fulham on loan for the season.
Emery may push Gunners top brass for an established name to bolster his options, particuarly if a title challenge is on the cards come January.
Arsenal went into the international break on the back of a run of nine straight victories in all competitions.
The only points Emery has dropped so far came in his first two matches at home to Manchester City and away at rivals Chelsea.
Arsenal return to domestic duty with a clash against Leicester on Monday, October 22.
They then have a quick turnaround ahead of a Europa League trip to Sporting Lisbon the following Thursday.
With Arsenal heading into the international break on the back of a positive run of results there is talk they could now finish back in the top four – if not challenge for the title – having missed out on Champions League football for the last two seasons.
Alexandre Lacazette, however, wants to silence any chat of such an achievement and focus on doing the things which have enabled Emery to oversee such a streak.
“To talk about the top four is early I think,” he said.
“We have to keep quiet and work like we did before and the season is going well. Just work as we did and we will see at the end of the season.
“The team spirit is good, of course when you win it is better. We will enjoy it, we are working well and we want to continue like this.”