The transfer deadline passed at the end of August and Gary Cahill remained on the books at Bolton Wanderers despite a bid from Arsenal and reported interest from Tottenham.
The England defender was expected to leave the Reebok Stadium for pastures new, although his stay at Bolton could be a short-lived one with Owen Coyle expecting plenty of interest in Cahill when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Coyle was speaking to journalists ahead of his team’s match at the Emirates on Saturday and has ridiculed the recent criticism of Arsene Wenger while revealing he expects another Arsenal bid for Cahill.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they came back,” he said.
“Arsene has always said he is an admirer of Gary Cahill. But the clubs never agreed a fee.”
“The only tension will be that we both want to win the game,” he said.
“In fact, the criticism Arsene has received is absolutely ridiculous.
“He is one of the best managers in world football. Always has been. Always will be.
“The nature of the league we are in, with its global coverage, is that everybody has an opinion and sometimes there will be criticism.”