Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dropped a strong hint that he is interested in signing soon to be free agent midfielder Joe Cole.
Cole will leave Chelsea on a free transfer next month when his contract expires and the Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the England international.
Recent reports have suggested that the 28-year-old midfielder has already agreed a deal to join the north London club.
Wenger refused to confirm whether any talks with Cole had taken place but has revealed his admiration for the former West Ham United starlet.
"I like him as a player because when he played against us he always did a lot of damage against Arsenal," said the Frenchman.
"He can create impact through his creative play. He can dribble, he can pass, he can score goals."