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Arsenal - Coyle Claims No Bids For Cahill

Arsenal - Coyle Claims No Bids For Cahill

Despite constantly speculation linking Bolton`s Gary Cahill to Arsenal, Wanderers manager, Owen Coyle says there has been nothing "concrete" in the way of a bid for the defender.

Our defence towards the end of the season became so shaky almost every single set piece we had to defender was met with fear and trepidation, it became so bad we were the worst club in the entire league at defender free-kicks and corners, and for a team that was, for a large part of the season, the only challenger to Man United, that`s just not going to cut it.

In the end, we dropped to fourth and the cries from the stands came for Wenger to "spend some f*cking money", the many believing a top quality centre-back was in order.

This obvious need for solidifying our defensive unit led to much speculation that Cahill would move to the Gunners after he claimed it would be hard to say no to one of the top clubs.

However Coyle says there has been no bids from Arsenal, or any other clubs for that matter.

'Gary has been the subject of speculation every day, probably to the point he is frustrated by it, I have been very open. Some of the elite clubs in this country have noted their interest. But there has been nothing concrete. Until that changes, Gary is a Bolton player.'

With the inevitable loss of Gael Clichy our defence has only become weaker since the season finished, let`s hope for some more positive news over the next week or so as the players return to training.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday July 4 2011
Time: 1:25PM


I'm one of Wengers most ardent defenders but I am seriously getting frustrated here, I can understand limited movement in attacking players until we know what's happening with Cesc and Nasri but with Clichy having one foot out the door and a pretty dire need for some freshness in defence I would gave hoped we'd have atleast one signing in place by now.
04/07/2011 13:40:00
I've just stated almost exactly the same first line of your post in the forums Dberg. We can't afford to wait anymore, we can't. For the first time in Arsene Wenger's reign I'm starting to think we might finish outside the top four next season.
04/07/2011 13:44:00
Lol Rocky I'm not that despondent yet, Arsenal always have the ability to surprise me, although it's usually not in a good way. The only thing I can hope for is that Cahill wasn't our target after all and that we're moving for someone else.
04/07/2011 13:57:00
I'm not usually so pessemistic, infact I actually believe we might win the league last season ... that's a laugh ... but so far it's looking like we've only become weaker defensively, and if Cesc and Nas go, then creatively we've been dealt a massive blow I'm not sure we can recover from in the short term. We have a lot of problems that need sorting out, and unless Wenger is secretly the most canny person on the planet sorting things out, then I don't see enough being done to sort out our problems.
04/07/2011 14:06:00
Rocky, there is no choice but to get a new left back because the other two options are two weaken our CB by shifting Vermaelen to the left or even worse play Gibbs as first choice left back a season or two too early. What I am surprised by is how less we are selling Clichy to City for. 7 million is only 2 million more than the initial bid by Liverpool. I'm sure Liverpool would have paid the 7 million if pressed by us. It would have been easier on us to sell to a dangerous but not as strong team like Liverpool than to City who have unlimited resources thanks to the sugar daddy.
04/07/2011 14:20:00
If this were to be true, it calls to question the sources of all of these transfer links we keep being associated with. I read on some blog, a few days ago, how someone claimed to have met Cahill at some party and asked him how close his move to Arsenal was. His answer ties up with Coyle's assertions here; no contact yet! Well, Wenger had better have a better alternative to such a player who has PL experience, is English and still improving, otherwise, it will be akin to slowly sabotaging all of his good work. Much like self-destruction.
04/07/2011 14:42:00
DF, maybe it is a good way to get back at Clichy to sell him to a club where his chances will be limited by the limitlessness of their resources :-) . What do we think about Armand Traore? He did look bigger and stronger recently, at OT, during the testimonial game for.... Maybe, I am expecting too much there.
04/07/2011 14:47:00
It has to be that the Clichy transfer fee is more than 7 million otherwise it doesn't make sense. They paid 16 million for Kolo when he too had a year left on his contract if one remembers right. Naija, I guess Traore can do a job on left wing as a backup but left back requires defensive nous which he doesn't seem to have much.
04/07/2011 14:54:00
I have my doubts about us seriously being in for a central defender, let alone one that's gonna cost us significant funds. Unless he is seriously consdering switching TV5 to left-back, why would we spend so much on another centre-half when we have Djourou and Koscielny. He wouldn't spend that much on Koscielny only to drop him to the bench, would he? Neither can he keep Djourou on the bench as a squad player, it would just stint his growth. 4 top quality (as perceived by Wenger) defenders into 2 spaces won't go.
04/07/2011 15:35:00
I think we need to re-evaluate our expectations. Financialy we can not compete with Man City, United or Chelsea so we have to wait for them to do business before we can buy anyone. Players are in no rush to sign deals so while we may have an interest in Cahill so do City and Chelsea and they can pay him a lot more than we can. With Clichy gone, Fabregas and Nasri seemingly on there way out any player looking at us as a potential club will surely be having second thoughts. It is still not definite we will have CL football while the other 3 do, so i think as much as i hate it and as much as it frustrates me that realisticaly we will have to be patient with deals. Times are def changing at Arsenal, looks like we will have to accept we are not one of the top clubs anymore.
04/07/2011 17:30:00
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