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The Premier League have launched an inquiry into allegations that Chelsea made an illegal approach for Arsenal left back Ashley Cole.
The news comes after newspaper reports had suggested that Cole and his representative Jonathan Barnett met with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon, manager Jose Mourinho and agent Pini Zahavi at a London hotel to discuss a potential move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have not confirmed or denied that the alleged meeting took place, with Gunners vice-chairman David Dein already stating there was compelling evidence a meeting took place.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has ducked out of a UEFA seminar involving Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein.
Kenyon was expected to attend the summit in Switzerland, but he has now avoided any confrontation with Dein whom he has angered following alleged clandestine meetings with Arsenal left back Ashley Cole.
A Premier League investigation has been launched into the tapping-up claims, but Chelsea officials denied Kenyon's non-appearance was a tactic to avoid the wrath of the Arsenal supremo.
England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has backed Ashley Cole despite the ongoing investigation over Chelsea's alleged illegal approach for the player.
The Swede is not worried about all the speculation regarding Cole's future at Arsenal with The Premier League set to investigate whether or not Chelsea have tapped up the player.
Eriksson has stoked the fires ahead of the investigation by insisting that all players have the right to consider offers from other clubs, even when under contract
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has slammed Chelsea for their conduct over the alleged tapping-up of Ashley Cole.
Wenger, speaking after a 1-0 FA Cup victory over Bolton, is incensed at what he sees as a deliberate attempt to affect players' focus ahead of big games.
"This case is very sad and very unfortunate because you expect your neighbours in the same city with that power not to behave like that," said Wenger.