Wenger: Cahill interest over

BY foxsports • November 19, 2011

The Gunners have long tracked the 25-year-old England international, who won his seventh cap in the 1-0 friendly win over Sweden at Wembley, and tried to bring him to Emirates Stadium during the summer. While that bid - reported to have been under £10million - failed, Bolton boss Owen Coyle fully expects the club's resolve to be tested again when the market reopens in 2012. Wenger, however, insists the Gunners are not contemplating renewed interested, having brought in Germany international Per Mertesacker. "Cahill is good enough to play Champions League, but he is not someone I would be interested in," said the Arsenal manager. "I have got five central defenders - [Laurent] Koscielny, [Sebastien] Squillaci, Mertesacker, [Thomas] Vermaelen and [Johan] Djourou. Of this five, four are international players. "We were in the market in the summer, but at that time they [Bolton] were greedy." Wenger insists his focus is currently on the job in hand of maintaining momentum as Arsenal hunt down the top four, while also looking to next week secure safe passage into the knockout stages of the Champions League with a game to spare by beating Dortmund at Emirates Stadium. However, it will not be long before the Gunners boss must consider just where to strengthen his squad, which is currently light on full-backs with both Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson joining Bacary Sagna on the injury list. Former captain Thierry Henry has linked up again with his old club to keep himself fit following the end of New York Red Bulls' Major League play-off campaign. Wenger, though, remained cautious over suggestions the 34-year-old would make a welcome addition on a short-term deal. The Arsenal manager said: "In football you rule very few things out, because it depends if you have seven injuries until January. "However, at the moment we have a big enough squad to cope. "We have got [Theo] Walcott, Gervinho, [Robin] van Persie, Park Ju-young, [Marouane] Chamakh who are all strikers."


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