Arsenal Transfer News: Alan Pardew Warns Gunners to Steer Clear of Yohan Cabaye

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle United in action  during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on November 30, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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As Newcastle United prepare to take on the league leaders Arsenal, Alan Pardew has made it clear that his prized asset Yohan Cabaye will not be joining the Gunners this January.

According to Colin Young of the Daily Mail, both Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are still looking at recruiting the French playmaker in the January window.

But with the Toon Army flying high and with their sights set on snaffling a European spot for next season, Pardew has no intention of parting with his star midfielder:

I see the price quoted in the papers but it isn’t our price. We don’t want to sell him, of course we don’t. He is the main man here and he’s got the platform to be the main man at a big club and you don’t get always get that.

He should savour that and take it all the way to France and beyond to the World Cup because if he stays where is now he’s going to be a major influence at the World Cup, I think.

Cabaye’s Newcastle career looked to be in the doldrums after he refused to take to the field at Manchester City on the opening day of the season. The Frenchman was unhappy after the club rejected a bid from Arsenal for his services, and his reputation seemed in tatters with the Geordie faithful.

But he was reintroduced to the team a few games later and has won the Newcastle fans over with some wonderful performances. He has been playing at the tip of an attacking midfield three and that added freedom has allowed him to influence the game in dangerous areas; the goals and the assists have followed:

NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/G
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Newcastle are currently one of the form teams in the Premier League, and a win against Arsenal in the upcoming contest will surely cement their status as genuine challengers for a top-four place. It would also cut the gap from the Toon to leaders Arsenal to just three points.

Based on their position in the table, Newcastle could well be competing with Arsenal for one of those European places. It would make no sense for Pardew to authorise the sale of Cabaye, especially when they look as though they could be immediate rivals for the remainder of the season.

If Newcastle don’t achieve a finish to match Cabaye’s lofty ambitions, then a move to PSG in the summer looks to be the most likely outcome for the former Lille man.

Yohan Cabaye Stats 2013/14
Appearances (As A Substitute)13 (2)
Key Passes Per Game1.5

Cabaye is a key man in the heart of the French team, and the allure of the French champions and Champions League football would surely appeal to him. A proposed fee of £25 million would also give Pardew ample funds to bolster his squad.

You suspect Newcastle would much rather sell him to a foreign team, too. Nonetheless, Pardew can understand why the likes of Arsenal have been interested in his services:

It’s not strange they (Arsenal) were interested in Yohan but in the end they went with Ozil. That’s been particularly good business for them, but I think the better piece of business was us keeping Yohan Cabaye. I’m only focused on my players.

Newcastle will keep Cabaye for the remainder of this season, and if they can qualify for Europe once again, then perhaps they will hang on to him for a few more years yet.

But with PSG, Champions League football and a bumper pay packet lurking, you suspect it may be a case of Newcastle fans enjoying this wonderful player whilst they can.