Owen Coyle insists there will be no tension in the dug-out between himself and Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The pair fell out over Arsenal's valuation of Gary Cahill during last month's transfer window, resulting in the defender remaining at Bolton, despite the widespread expectation that he would leave.

However, Coyle claims the matter is now forgotten. "I am a huge admirer of Arsene Wenger," said the Scot.

"I have come up against him many times and there will be no tension."

Indeed, Coyle has defended Wenger amid the huge amount of criticism that has been heaped on the Frenchman during an abysmal start to the season, from which they have so far collected only four points.

"It is absolutely ridiculous," said Coyle.

"Arsene Wenger is one of the best managers in world football, and always will be. But we have to accept football is a game of opinions and criticism comes along the way.

"I feel he is the perfect fit for Arsenal though, given their history and tradition and the way they have evolved over the years. Yes, they would like a trophy, but look at the players he has brought to the club.

"Maybe if he had the same resources as other managers of the biggest clubs, you would see an Arsenal side with different personnel."

Meanwhile Coyle confirmed midfielder Stuart Holden was being monitored following his return to action at Aston Villa on Tuesday after recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament and a late decision would be made about his involvement on Saturday.

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