Arsenal £17m defender target craving Champions League – report

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Gary Cahill says not playing Champions League football could cost him dearly this season, after a deal with Arsenal fell through on deadline day.

"Generally when players are playing Champions League and you are not then the experience they are going to have over you is going to count,” Cahill admitted.


“If people say it is not they are lying. At the minute there is nothing I can do about that. I just keep playing football and enjoying it. I enjoy it at Bolton, have enjoyed my time.”

Arsenal were said to be close to doing a deal with Cahill, according to the Daily Express, but the £17 million rated defender was deemed to expensive by Arsene Wenger.

Bolton are taking a risk by not selling Cahill, with the England international’s contract running out this time next year. Talks will no doubt resume with Arsenal in January, when Bolton have their last chance to profit off Cahill’s sale.

Arsenal completed five signings in the last 24 hours of the transfer window, with Per Mertesacker, Park Chu Young, Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos and Yossi Benayoun joining the club before the window slammed shut at 11pm.

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