Arsenal FC: Why Signing Yohan Cabaye Doesn't Make Much Sense

Matthew CelentanoFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 10:  Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on March 10, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Arsenal has been by far the most tiring team of this transfer window, despite—or because of, depending what team you support—the fact they haven't spent any money.

The Gunners have been linked to just about every decent footballer under the sun, and Yohan Cabaye is the latest player Arsenal have shown interest in, with Sky Sports reporting  Newcastle rejected a £10 million bid from the Gunners earlier this week.

The speculation is far from dead, though, as John Cross of the Mirror reported a deal is still on: "Gunners boss Wenger seems certain to get his first big deal done as Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye's representatives were in London last night to discuss a £16m deal."

While the signature of Cabaye would surely excite Arsenal supporters who are desperate for the club to just make a signing after a summer of broken promises and failed transfer targets, think: is Cabaye really the answer?

Don't get me wrong, Cabaye is a fantastic player. Arguably one of the most well-rounded footballers in the Premier League, Cabaye does everything in midfield: he shoots, plays through balls, long balls and even tackles. 

Oh, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better set-piece taker in the league. 

That all being said, signing Cabaye doesn't make much sense when you consider the areas Arsenal are currently lacking in.

The position where the Gunners most urgently need reinforcements is at center-back. Per Mertesacker was the only first-team center-back eligible to play for the Gunners in their win over Fulham this weekend, with Thomas Vermaelen injured and Laurent Koscielny suspended.

Bacary Sagna, the club's first-choice right-back, had to deputize in the center of defense, and will likely do so again if something happens to Mertesacker or Koscielny—unless the club finally splash the cash on a new defender.

A forward is also needed, as Olivier Giroud and unproven youngster Yaya Sanogo are currently the only two out-and-out strikers in the squad.

Arsenal are also in need of an out-and-out defensive midfielder—as they have been since Patrick Vieira left—but Cabaye simply isn't a defensive midfielder. He's quite good at defending, as 3.1 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game last season (via will attest to, but that doesn't mean he's the powerful midfield presence—think Lars Bender, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Luiz Gustavo—Arsenal need.

So what exactly would Cabaye be signed for? If there's one position Arsenal aren't short in, it's center midfield. Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta are all currently fighting for three spots in Arsene Wenger's midfield.

While Cabaye is a talented player who would likely fit right into the Arsenal squad, it seems like the club should prioritize making signings in the areas that are desperately needed, rather than in a position which seems to be covered.

The final days of the transfer window should prove to be very interesting, especially for a certain Arsene Wenger who is increasingly under pressure to spend some money.