Alan Pardew labeled the north London club’s approach for the France midfielder as disrespectful and is completely justified in his frustration.
With Arsenal losing their opening game of the season 3-1 at home to Aston Villa and toiling in the transfer market, panic appears to be setting in at the north London club.
This panic turned to madness on Monday, when the Emirates Stadium outfit offered £10 million for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, and saw the bid instantly rejected.
Cabaye did not play in Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday night due to the approach, and Alan Pardew has spoken out with contempt over Arsenal’s timing.
"What I can confirm is that, on the eve of a game, we had a bid for a player that we don't think is acceptable,” the Newcastle manager stated.
"Therefore, I have to pick what I think is a team out here that's going to get us a result.
"The rights and wrongs of that bid are for other people to make their own opinion. I know what my opinion of it is.
"I don't want to keep going over the same point that is the main focus for the media today, but my main focus is to try and get a result for the fans and players.
"We've prepared with the lad for three days and then for him to have his head turned by this bid from Arsenal on the eve of the game is just disrespectful.
"From my view, why it couldn't have waited until tomorrow morning I do not know.
"I don't think the result would have been the same if he had played."
Arsenal’s offer for Cabaye is disrespectful in two ways. Firstly to make a bid for one of Newcastle’s most-important players only hours before they are due to start their Premier League campaign with a tough trip to face Manchester City is inconsiderate.
As Pardew says there is no reason that Arsene Wenger could not have delayed the bid until after the match. How would Wenger feel if Barcelona made a £10 million bid for Jack Wilshere hours before Arsenal’s opener against Villa?
Newcastle are now rightly annoyed with Arsenal’s timing and tactics, and the Gunners now have a disgruntled seller to deal with – that is if Newcastle will even consider selling to Arsenal now.
The second way in which the bid is disrespectful is the amount on the table. £10 million? Did Arsenal really think that Newcastle were going to accept a bid of £10 million for Yohan Cabaye? And on the eve of their first Premier League fixture?
Despite the fact that the Toon only paid £5 million for the France international two summers ago, the midfielder has grown in stature considerably and is undoubtedly one of the best in his position in England. To think that Newcastle would even consider selling Cabaye for £10 million shows Arsene Wenger’s naivety in the transfer market.
Cabaye would certainly be an excellent signing for Arsenal and is within their reach given that the player’s future is uncertain and they can offer him Champions League football. With the Gunners supposed wealth, they can obviously afford him.
However, the timing and amount of the offer have started the negotiations with a sour taste in the mouth and Arsenal have taken a backward step in their attempts to strengthen their squad, not forward.
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