The Gunners have started the current 2015/16 Premier League campaign in disappointing fashion, surprisingly losing 2-0 at home to fellow Londoners West Ham United on the opening weekend.
During their defeat to the Hammers, the North London outfit's midfield was sloppy and prompted a number of pundits to question the club’s decision not to strengthen that area this summer.
Palace, on the other hand, have arguably made the signing of the summer in that regard, persuading Yohan Cabaye to trade French champions Paris Saint-Germain for South London.
Pardew worked with the Frenchman at Newcastle United and cannot rate him highly enough, explaining how his new signing would have made a good addition to Arsenal’s first-team XI.
“It is ironic he’s with us getting ready to play against them. He is a fantastic player. We are honoured to have him and he is definitely the equal of Arsenal’s players,” The Daily Mail quotes Pardew as saying.
“I don’t think Arsene Wenger or anyone at Arsenal would disagree with that. We have a player who could definitely play in their team and that is a nice feeling for us.”
Is Yohan Cabaye good enough for Arsenal’s starting XI?
The Eagles’ summer signing is undoubtedly a top player, but his role in the team is very similar to that of Arsenal duo Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere in the way they act as deep-lying playmakers.
Cabaye would certainly add greater squad depth at the Emirates Stadium, although he would be fortunate to make the first-team on a regular basis due to Cazorla’s importance to Arsene Wenger’s men.
Since his arrival in England, the Spain international has more assists and has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League.