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Arsenal have been having defensive crisis for many seasons now, and the Gunners poor defence has been a recurring problem since the days of Arsene Wenger.
Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe became Arsenal’s third signing of the summer last week following the deals for Daniel Ceballos and William Saliba, and former England International Darren Bent has revealed his surprise that Arsenal didn’t go for former Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill.
“It’s quite surprising not more people have moved for him, even someone like an Arsenal,” Bent told Football Insider.
“As a defender, as an out-and-out defender, he’s good Cahill, he’s one of the best.
“He’s experienced, he’s won the biggest trophies in the game – Champions League, Europa League – played for England.
“He’s slightly older, so maybe that’s the reason.”
Cahill lost his place in the Chelsea first team last season as he ran out of favour under former boss Maurizio Sarri who decided against using him from November until the end of the season.
Cahill only made nine appearances last season, and the 33-year-old remains a free agent after being linked with numerous clubs this transfer window.
Cahill made almost 300 caps for the Blues, and he won all there is, including the UEFA Champions League and two Europa League titles.