Ian Holloway has told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show on Monday morning (8.14am), that Arsenal should have signed Gary Cahill on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer – as well as David Luiz.
Cahill, 33, was a free agent in the summer after the former Blues skipper was released by the west London club – after clocking up 290 appearances for Chelsea and winning two Premier League titles and a Champions League medal at Stamford Bridge.
The commanding defender went throughout the majority of the summer without a club before Roy Hodgson reunited himself with his former England star, by bringing him to Crystal Palace. He has impressed at Selhurst Park since.
Former Premier League manager Holloway believes bringing in 61-time England international Cahill in the summer would have shored up Arsenal’s leaky defence – which have so far kept just two Premier League clean sheets all season.
“If you got [Gary] Cahill on a free and David Luiz, that would have done it. That would have solved their defensive issues,” Holloway said.
TBR’s view – Would Cahill have been a good signing for Arsenal?
Yes. Without a doubt. Cahill is an experienced head that has plenty of experience in both a winning team at the top end of the Premier League, as well s huge experience in the top flight.
Spells with Aston Villa and Bolton in the Premier League has seen Cahill clock up an enormous 358 appearances in England’s top tier, making him 63rd in the all-time list of appearances for Premier League players.
On a free, he would have been an excellent signing and given the Gunners two years at the top level.