Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is now resigned to the fact that he might not be able to keep his star centre back Brede Hangeland, particularly fearing Arsenal could take him away from Craven Cottage.
Manchester United didn’t want to lose (Cristiano) Ronaldo and they did, Liverpool didn’t want to lose (Xabi) Alonso.
“There comes a time if you’re Fulham, or even Manchester United or Chelsea that things have to be looked at in the cold light of day and you have to take things into account.
“It annoys me when fans say things like ‘it’s ridiculous to get him go’ because to say that you have to know all the facts.
“It’s no surprise he’s been linked with clubs because really good quality centre-halves are always at a premium.
“When a club like Arsenal – or Manchester City or Liverpool – when they lose a player the attention will always turn towards who the other good centre-backs are in the Premier League and who they could be looking at.
“Arsenal have done their business very quietly and they keep things to themselves. We’ve had no contact with Arsenal and whether there’s an interest only Arsene knows.
“When I see him interviewed he says he has enough centre-halves and is not in the market for one. Only he knows what his true feelings are.”