Debunking 'Cabaye to Arsenal' rumours

There is a reason the summer is often referred to as ‘silly season’ in football due to the ridiculous nature of transfer hype, rumours, purchase (real or imaginary) and sales between the usual suspects in the media, the clubs, the players and the agents.

It’s a bit like a circus and we are all invited to attend the bizarre spectacular. However, some ‘stories’ are based in at least a foundation of reality and, heaven forbid, even truth and others defy all logic and reason.

For example, why would a club be ‘chasing’ or ‘pursuing’ or ‘fighting/battling/bidding’ for a player who plays in a position that club already has 9 out of 25 registered players who can play in his position?

The realistic answer is, course, there is no reason why – there is absolutely no requirement, for example, for Yohan Cabaye at Arsenal. The Gunners have the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, not to mention Serge Gnabry, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who can all play in central or attacking midfield. (That is also discounting the injured Abou Diaby).

The club, meanwhile, that really needs Yohan Cabaye is Newcastle United.

Currently there are few areas of the team manager Arsene Wenger couldn’t use an extra body in if push came to shove – a top goalkeeper to rival Wojceich Szczesny wouldn’t go amiss, nor would a fourth central defender, and certainly a centre-forward which must be his priority this month.

One area I very much doubt the manager is looking to spend money on is his midfield. Arsene Wenger has probably the strongest overall midfield in the Premier League at present and on present form, even without Theo Walcott.

Manchester United, for example, would bite off his hand for a player (just one) of Jack Wilshere or Mesut Ozil or Santi Cazorla’s quality, never mind Aaron Ramsey.

Manchester City have some of the finest footballer’s in the world at their disposal but not one of their midfielder’s has a higher passing accuracy and touch-rate as Mikel Arteta and that has been true for the couple of seasons now.

Put simply, Arsenal have absolutely no requirement whatsoever for a midfielder this month – not even a player like Julian Draxler or Juan Mata, they simply don’t need one.

They certainly do not need Yohan Cabaye, even if his Newcastle teammate Massadio Haidara believes the Gunners are an excellent option for him.

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