Chelsea stand-in captain Gary Cahill has admitted that he could have signed for the Gunners back in 2011, if the bid from Arsene Wenger was right.
In August 2011, Wenger made two bids to land the centre-back from Bolton – his first £6 million offer rejected as “derisory” and his second of £12m was also turned down.
Arsenal turned elsewhere and recruited Per Mertesacker instead, and six months later Chelsea swooped to land 25-year-old Cahill for a bargain £7m.
Cahill said: He said: “It was close. The move broke down on the fee, nothing to do with me.
“It never got down to whether or not I wanted to go there, it was between the two clubs. They showed interest, but they couldn’t agree a fee.
“It seemed like it went on forever, there was speculation for about a year and a half. I thought it would never happen. It was not distracting on the pitch, but personally.
“I had a fantastic time at Bolton, but as a player when you hear the big clubs are sniffing, you want to achieve as much as you can.”
Chelsea can win the Double if they beat Arsenal, and for Cahill the winning never gets boring.
“It becomes more like an addiction,” he said. “When you get the feeling of winning a trophy, you just want it again and again. Outside my family and my kids being born, it’s the best feeling ever. It was again when we lifted the Premier League trophy the other day.
“You realise your career is short and you just want to achieve as much as you can. If you have no goals then what is the point of playing?”
Cahill will definitely be happy he finally ended up at Chelsea, as he has won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, and an FA Cup and League cup since he made the switch. The fact that he won the Champions League in his first season at the club is enough for Cahill to be overjoyed.