Date: 23rd August 2006 at 10:58am
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Arsene Wenger has given a clear indication that he would be willing to use Chelsea’s desire to own Ashley Cole to win the signature of centre back William Gallas.

Wenger is usually very secretive over his transfer dealings and even though he claimed in his latest statement that he wants to keep everything hush hush, he has given more away regarding this transfer than he has over the past 2 years.

In an interview with Arsenal.com, Le Boss made this sensational comment.

‘He is a player we have a chance to get. He wants to leave Chelsea and Ashley Cole wants to leave us.”

He also spoke about his offer to Chelsea,

“I have made an offer for [Gallas] and that is how far as we are,”

“We have not spoken to the player yet and you need to agree personal terms. We have a salary cap here and he comes from a club with no salary cap.

“I don`t know if it is possible to agree personal terms and agree with Chelsea. But I will not come out with our negotiations. At the moment I feel we have to keep that story as quiet as possible and see what comes out of it.”

Eariler this summer Arsene Wenger said that if he could find a central defender who could play left back also, then he would be in business. Well it appears he could have gone one better.

“He is a good defender,” said Wenger. “He can play right back, left back and centre back. We want the player because we made an offer for him. That is clear.

The possibility that AW is also negotiating transfer with other un-named players was also made apparent.

“But he is not the only player we are likely to get, as you know there is always a lot happening in the last few days [before the transfer window shuts]. However he is a player we have a chance to get. He wants to leave Chelsea and Ashley Cole wants to leave us.”

Exciting times at Ashburton Grove.