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Gunners suffer double blow in chase for centre back

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Arsenal look to have missed out on Phil Jagielka while Arsene Wenger has insisted Gary Cahill is not on his radar, according to sport.co.uk.

Cahill looks certain to leave the Reebok Stadium in January or the summer after Bolton revealed record losses of almost £100 million.

Meanwhile, the offer Arsenal had rejected by Everton for Engl;and international Jagielka was £15 million - £5 million more than previously thought.

Gunners boss Wenger is currently on the look out for a new centre back to strengthen, with just Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci, Johann Djourou and Thomas Vermaelen as options.

Vermaelen has been ruled out for most of the season – with an even longer period on the sidelines expected – while new signings Koscielny and Squillaci have struggled to find form.

Arsenal had targeted Jagielka as their No.1 target in the forthcoming transfer window but Everton manager David Moyes point blank rejected their first approach.

And, with Wenger being adamant he will not go over his limit for the player, it looks unlikely he will be leaving Goodison Park.

Cahill, though, has been rumoured to be Wenger’s back up target as he is valued at around the same kind of price as Jagielka.

However, an Arsenal source has revealed the youngster has never been on Wenger’s shortlist and will not be moving to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners could possibly move for West Ham skipper Matthew Upson, as the Hammers ace’s contract runs out at the end of the season.

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