It has been reported in the Eastern Daily Press that Arsenal target Gary Cahill will be able to leave the Reebok for the Emirates as long as Arsenal sends two of its promising players the other way on season-long loans plus a fee.
Arsenal up-an-comers Henri Lansbury and Ignasi Miquel are reported to be demanded by Owen Coyle in order to strengthen his squad once Cahill, who is reported to be keen on the switch to North London, has departed.
Henri Lansbury, the young Arsenal midfielder, has 12 months left on his contract and has been heavily linked with a £2 permanent move to Norwich City after his stand-out loan spell at the Canaries which saw them return to the Premier League. Although the gunners would prefer to sell the young England under-21 star, with Cahill’s signing in the balance Arsenal may be more inclined to lend him to Bolton, hence letting him go on a free transfer next summer.
Furthermore with Cahills departure there comes a hole to plug up in the Bolton defense. Therefore former Barcelona youth Ignasi Miquel has also been demanded by Coyle to provide more depth in defence. Miquel, the current reserve team captain, has featured twice for the first team in the fifth round of the FA Cup where Arsenal drew 1-1 and then won 5-0 the replay match at the Emirates and has been touted as an exceptional talent.
Personally, with the absolute need to sign a proven centre-back, I would have no qualms about sending these two youngsters to the Reebok if it meant landing a player such as Gary Cahill. While it would most probably mean losing Lansbury for free next summer, it would also give Miquel more opportunity to experience Premier League football and prepare him for a return to Arsenal. What do you think Wenger should do?