Arsenal boss confirms Cahill interest

The Bolton defender has long been linked with a move to Arsenal, but Wenger instead ended up signing Germany international Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen.

“I don’t want to compare. Personally, I like Cahill as a player,” said Wenger.

“Both are good players. Mertesacker is a good player. He is more experienced. He has more international experience.

“Cahill is a young, promising English player. I suppose he would have done well for us.”