Bolton Wanderers could be set to let defender Gary Cahill join Arsenal, according to Metro.
With Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci out due to injury, Wenger is in the market for a centre-half with Premier League experience who can hit the ground running to bolster his defence. The Gunners boss labelled Cahill as a potential signing but was reluctant to meet the Trotters’ £20million valuation of the England international and instead turned his attention to West Ham United’s Matthew Upson and Blackburn Rovers’ Christopher Samba.
Now, however, it looks like Bolton have lowered their asking-price for Cahill after they signed 23-year-old centre-back David Wheater from Middlesbrough and Wenger’s interest in the former Aston Villa player may have flared up again.
It is understood that Bolton would be looking for £10million, plus add-ons for Cahill as they look to lower their debt which is said to be at least £100million.
Arshavin in Zenit link.
The Daily Mail has revealed that Andrei Arshavin could be on his way back to Zenit St. Petersburg this month.
The 29-year-old forward has been out-of-form this season and has not started a league game since his side’s 2-2 draw against Wigan in late December.
Although Arshavin has received a lot of criticism this season from fans and pundits, Arsene Wenger has shown his confidence in the player and has given him his full backing but the Russian’s former club could offer him a way out of the Emirates and sporting director Igor Korneev suggested that, despite the Russian forcing his way out of Zenit two years ago, the club would welcome him back with open arms: “With Andrey it is very simple. He graduated from our club and the doors are always open for him. We would always welcome him back to the club whether that is now or in the future.”
Gibbs thanks Fab.
Young Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has revealed that captain Cesc Fabregas helped him immensely in getting back to fitness when he was recovering from his persistent injuries.
The 23-year-old skipper has come into question lately when his teammate Denilson criticised his leadership abilities on Brazilian TV.
But after suffering a broken metatarsal which kept him out of action for most of last season and injuring his foot in September and his ankle in December, 21-year-old Gibbs leapt to the Spaniard’s defence: “For such a young person, Cesc has a wise head. He’s helped me greatly. I can only thank him.
“He was very good when I was injured. I spent quite a bit of time with him away from training as well. I won’t lie – it has been annoying seeing the team play and you are limping off after 15 minutes.
“It has been frustrating but hopefully I can put that all behind me and keep going. My team-mates have been fantastic, they are always there telling me, ‘Don’t worry about it’.”