Pardew Criticises Arsenal’s ‘Derisory’ Cabaye Bid
Arsenal FC yesterday did to Newcastle United what Manchester United had done to Everton a day earlier. The Gunners, under pressure from their fans to strengthen their squad, decided to pursue Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye’s signature but offered only £10.2million for him, and their attempt was deservedly rejected.
It refreshed the already fresh memories of the Red Devils offering a combined sum of just £28m to the Toffees for their star duo of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
The offer, which was termed ‘derisory’ by Newcastle, validate the recent criticism of Arsene Wenger, according to which, he severely undervalues his transfer targets.
NUFC manager Alan Pardew, who already has a history with Wenger from his West Ham days, was clearly upset at the Frenchman’s timing of the Cabaye-bid and claimed that it turned the player’s head and disrupted his plans.
Talking to the press after Monday night’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City, he said: “We have prepared with the lad for three days and for him to have his head turned by this bid by Arsenal is just disrespectful in my view. Why it couldn’t have waited until tomorrow I don’t know. The result wouldn’t have been the same if he’d played in my view. I think it is just a very difficult situation when a player gets news like that, and it wasn’t us who gave him the news. It is very hard to get your head around to play a game of this magnitude.
“It is pretty obvious I am upset about that and I would rather focus on what for us has been a tough day. We have 37 games to go and we need to make sure we don’t let this game emotionally scar us. I am not sure of the exact terms of it [the bid] but it is below our valuation of the player for sure This is a terrific player.”
It is unclear when the Gunners would return with a second, improved bid for the France international.
Carragher Says Cabaye Would Be A ‘Panic’ Purchase
Retired Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal’s late bid for Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye proves that they are panicking under fan pressure and media criticism.
According to the now-Sky Sports expert, the Magpies midfielder wasn’t originally on coach Arsene Wenger’s shopping list, and if bought just to please people, he could turn out to be an unwanted, flop signing like Andre Santos.
During Monday Night Football show, Carragher commented: “If Cabaye was that important to Arsenal I think they’d have bought him by now. It feels to me like a panic. If Arsene Wenger was that impressed and wanted Cabaye that much, why not buy him two months ago? What are you waiting for?
“It feels like a couple of years ago when they brought Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and Santos in late. Santos has been a disaster for them and Mertesacker is not for me, though Arteta’s done ok. When you start panicking with transfers towards the end you obviously don’t get what you want. I’m an ex Liverpool player with nothing to do with Arsenal but they frustrate me. I feel how the supporters are feeling.”
Gunners Also Interested in Pogba
Arsenal FC will turn their attention to Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba if their attempts to sign Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye prove fruitless.
The Gunners are understood to be in contact with the Old Lady, who have quoted them a price of £20million for the 20-year-old starlet. Even though manager Antonio Conte regards Pogba as an indispensable member of his squad, the Telegraph claim that they could let him go if their valuation is matched by the North London club.
Kondogbia and Uchida Bids Launched Too
Goal.com have claimed that in addition to Newcastle United, Arsenal FC also approached Sevilla and FC Schalke on Monday with a view to signing their talented starlets Geoffrey Kondogbia and Atsuto Uchida respectively.
Apparently, the Gunners simply asked the Andalusian club about Kondogbia’s availability and were told that they’d have to trigger his release clause of £17.2million in order to take him away. But they were more serious about recruiting Uchida, the right-back, as suggested by their purported offer of £6m although even that got rejected.
This flurry of bids follow Arsenal’s opening day 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.