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Arsene Wenger In Row With Bolton Over Mystery Bid For Gary Cahill

Emirates boss accuses Reebok Stadium chairman of lying.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger just stopped short of calling Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside a liar over the bid for defender Gary Cahill.

The Gunners reportedly tabled a £6million, including add-ons, bid for the 25-year-old, which the Totters boss Owen Coyle described as “derisory doesn’t even cover it”.

Gartside also re-tweeted a message sent by a Bolton fan angered by the offer.

Wenger insists the amount offered is incorrect and is furious with the Bolton chairman’s reaction.

“That number is wrong,” said Wenger. “It is completely wrong.

“I believe every negotiation is between two parties and you only have to sell the player if you are all right with the price.

“In this case the information is below what has been spoken about.

“You only have to sell the player if you are all right with the price. It is not true. You can believe Gartside or you can believe me. It’s not right. It’s not the truth.

“If Gartside can say I am lying I am ready to confront him. The truth is that we never speak about our negotiations,” he added.

“If a club doesn’t want to sell a player it can keep him. When we sign a player we come out here and tell you and keep the price a secret.

“They do not need to sell the player, they can keep him. If you ask do I want to buy your house and you are not happy with the price you say no, that’s it.

“Why should you feel insulted? I don’t understand. If the player is not for sale they can keep him. I don’t understand the problem.

“If we want to buy the player we buy the player. I do not have to explain for how much.”

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