Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Pardew lies over Cabaye bid -Duo linked -Trio fit for Fenebahce

Morning Gooners.

So Alan Pardew isn't happy we made a bid for Yahan Cabaye before Newcastle's game with Manchester City... Do I care? No. What I care about is that Arsenal get their transfer business done sooner rather than later. And it's getting late now, as we all know.


Pardew said:
"When you do a pre-season and prepare for three days with a team that includes Cabaye it’s tough for his head to be turned on the eve of a game.  
"I don’t see any reason why that needed to happen. Why they couldn’t give us the respect and honour of waiting until Tuesday morning? It’s beyond me."
Respect and honour? What a load of nonsense.

And as John Cross reveals in the Daily Mirror, Dick Law made our £10million bid for Cabaye on Friday... and even I know that isn't the night before the game.

What is clear is that we've seriously undervalued the player's worth. I can understand Newcastle not wanting to sell for £10m. But on the other hand you can understand why Arsenal have gone in with a low bid considering what Mike Ashley paid for him - £4.2m to Lille in 2011. Cabaye's stock hasn't risen that much in  two seasons in England.

Arsenal will go back with an improved bid for the French midfielder who we have been interested in for some time. So Jamie Carragher assessment that our bid for the 27-year-old is a sign of panic is wide of the mark.



Meanwhile we have our sights on a number of other players Manchester City's Micah Richards is linked again with us, while we've also made an enquiry for former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba who is now at Juventus.

There's some positive news ahead of our game with Fenerbahce. Tomas Rosicky, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey are all deemed to be fit to play despite picking up knocks against Aston Villa at the weekend.


While Bacary Sagna - who fell awkwardly on his neck on Saturday is said to have a 50-50 chance of being able to play.

Jack Wilshere should also play, but the manager is considering resting him for the weekend trip to Fulham as he returns to full fitness..


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