The Arsenal squad will be disappointed after the weekend’s loss against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League, but according to Metro, the board have given the green light to pursue the manager’s interest in Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who could lift the spirits at the club.
Arsene Wenger has been attempting to secure a signing in recent weeks, but has lost one target after another in the process. The supporters’ have been increasingly frustrated by the lack of activity in the market, and has forced them to voice their concern through the public platform. An association of supporters voiced their concerns, and even criticized the board for paying more attention to Wenger’s contract than securing a new player. The manager had been linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain over the summer, but finally pledged his future to the club after Ivan Gazidis, the club chief executive, publicly supported the manager and promised funds to strengthen then unit with world class players.
In this situation, it was important for the club to bounce back and let their ambition be known to the agitated supporters. Hence the start of this week saw Arsenal submit an initial bid for Newcastle midfielder Cabaye which was rejected by the Magpies almost immediately, but angered their manager Alan Pardew, who left out his influential midfielder hours before kick off at Manchester City because of the bid. There is no doubt in Cabaye’s abilities as a play maker, and that could be the reason why PSG have shown interest in the player throughout the window.
Bringing Cabaye at the club this week would give the club a massive lift, and add to the French contingent which already includes Olivier Giroud. It is unclear whether Newcastle will accept a bid without a replacement at hand, but reports suggest the Tyneside outfit are not looking to accept a bid below £20 million for their star midfielder. Cabaye is a consistent part of the French national side, and will be looking for a big season to ensure his chances of a World Cup spot.