The news of an injury to playmaker Mesut Ozil may not be a devastating loss to Arsenal this season, but it could open a window of opportunity for Arsene Wenger in the middle of the season.
Since his €25 million move from Newcastle United, the France international has struggled to break into the starting XI.
Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta and Blaise Matuidi are the three almost guaranteed starters in Laurent Blanc’s 4-3-3 formation. This season, when given a chance, Cabaye has been less than convincing. He was sent off against Evian, and although he has featured in seven of their nine games, it is far from ideal for the player.
Today in L’Equipe Cabaye has spoken out about his unhappiness regarding his current position, and it could be ideal for Arsenal.
Cabaye: "This is a new situation for me & I am not complaining. All I can do is show what I am capable of. Sometimes this is not easy."— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) October 8, 2014
Cabaye: "I am 28 years old & not just starting out. I won't change my style now. The coach's choices must be respected, but I won't quit."— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) October 8, 2014
Ozil’s injury will rule him out until the end of the year, but it could be January even February before he is fully match-fit.
PSG won’t want to let Cabaye go, but if he is not playing, he isn’t worth anything to them. There is a good chance that the French side would look to move Cabaye on at the end of the season, looking elsewhere for their next midfield star.
Sending Cabaye to Arsenal on loan would help both parties. Arsenal would gain a Premier League tested midfielder that can play defensively but also as a further forward thinking player.
PSG would be able to get Cabaye first-team football without disrupting their successful trio.
Sadly the player is cup-tied after facing Barcelona and Ajax in the Champions League, but if Arsenal genuinely wants to challenge the top of the Premier League, they could really use players of Cabaye’s quality.
Cabaye added six goals and two assists for Newcastle the season he left for Paris, the season before he added six assists and found the back of the net four times.
Cabaye at his best would be the perfect January signing for Arsenal. Perhaps a move back to the Premier League is exactly what the 28-year-old needs to rekindle his career.