Arsenal continue to look for ways to improve their roster through the transfer window, although the club's latest bid was met with a lot of criticism.
According to Jeremy Wilson and Luke Edwards of The Telegraph, Arsenal placed a £10.2 million bid for Yohan Cabaye. This move was not only rejected immediately, but it angered Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew for multiple reasons.
The first issue was the timing of the bid, which was given the night before the club's first match of the season. Matt Dickenson of The Times reported the coach's reaction to this aspect:
Pardew: "I didn't see why they (Arsenal) couldn't give us the respect and honour of giving us till Tuesday morning." (to bid for Cabaye)— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) August 19, 2013
Pardew: "It wasn't us that gave Cabaye the news. Difficult to play a game of this magnitude (after hearing it)."— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) August 19, 2013
Pardew decided to hold Cabaye out of the match against Manchester City after deciding the player was not in the right mental state. Newcastle ended up suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of last season's Premier League runners-up.
While it seemed disrespectful enough to provide a bid before the club was set to open the league season, the amount of the bid was also troubling.
Sam Wallace of The Independent quotes Pardew, who was also upset about Arsenal's valuation of the midfielder:
Pardew on Arsenal bid for Cabaye: 'I'm not sure of the actual terms of the bid but it's below our valuation of the player, that's for sure'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) August 19, 2013
Wilson and Edwards also quoted Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who responded to the offer by saying, “Which part of him do you want to buy?”
The owner expects at least £20 million in return for the 27-year-old player.
Cabaye has clearly been one of the top players in the two years since coming over from Lille in Ligue 1. In 59 Premier League starts, he has 10 goals and eight assists while contributing on both ends of the pitch.
Additionally, he has been a standout for the French national team and hopes to help the squad qualify for the 2014 World Cup. It is unlikely that Newcastle would be willing to part with a player of this quality for a discount fee.
Should Arsenal place a second bid for Yohan Cabaye?
Still, Arsenal will hope to do something before the transfer period ends. According to BBC, the Arsenal Supporters' Trust have questioned the future of Arsene Wenger after the manager has failed to bring in top talent over the summer.
A 3-1 loss to Aston Villa to open up the season will do nothing to quiet the concerns among fans about the state of the club.
Bringing in a player of Cabaye's skill would certainly boost the squad's confidence. However, Arsenal's apparent disrespect in the latest bid will hurt the chances of finalising a deal.
The club better hope things go better in the next round of negotiations.
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