Arsene Wenger has told Bolton they can keep Gary Cahill, if chairman Phil Gartside and manager Owen Coyle maintain their stance that his initial offer for the player – rumoured to be £6m – is “derisory”.
The claim comes after AW and Gartside had a bust-up after the latter triggered the row by retweeting a message from a Bolton fan on his Twitter account, which accused the Gunners of ‘taking the p***’ with their offer for the defender.
AW said in the Mail: “You can believe Gartside or you can believe me. That number is wrong. It is completely wrong and nothing to do with how much we rate the player. You are free to do what you want. I just tell you that is not right. It’s not the truth and if Gartside can say that I am lying I am ready to confront him.”
The Mail also says we are keen on Hamburg winger Eljero Elia, while other reports claim Arsenal’s negotiators are working overtime in a bid to sign Parma’s Danilo Pereira before transfer deadline day.
Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that Gervinho claims Samir Nasri talked him into joining the club – by promising to stay at the Emirates himself. He said: “I wanted to play with Samir because he is a big player. His exit has left me in pain.

“He promised to be there this season – and then changed his mind. Samir and Cesc have left for new challenges but I wanted the chance to play with them. This is a different Arsenal. A new team without Nasri and Cesc. But we need to forget that and to turn the page. Now we must only think about the future.”
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