Gunners tipped for January defender bid

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Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle expects Arsenal to move again for defender Gary Cahill in January.

The England international centre back was the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between the Trotters and Gunners during the summer window, with Bolton chairman Phil Gartside rejecting an offer later described as 'derisory'.

However, Coyle admits he would not be surprised if Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once again chased the player in the new year, with the 25-year-old's contract set to expire at the end of the year.

"I wouldn't be surprised. Arsene's always said he's a big admirer of Gary Cahill and ultimately the clubs never reached a fee - certainly the two chairman never got to a fee they felt was agreeable," said Coyle ahead of this week's clash against Arsenal.

"Gary's got nothing to prove. Gary's an outstanding player and an outstanding young man, but I do think come January there'll be more than Arsenal come calling for Gary.

"For the moment he's got to focus on doing his job for Bolton Wanderers, which has elevated him to the England team.

"Obviously that's January's problem. He has has to make sure he's focused on that, and he will because he's very conscientious and he's a lovely young man."

The Frenchman appears to have found an unlikely ally in the shape of Coyle, who believes that Wenger is one of the world's best managers.


"I am a huge admirer of Arsene Wenger. I have come up against him many times and there will be no tension," he added.

"It is absolutely ridiculous. 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."

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