Arsenal Transfer News: Yohan Cabaye Would Add New Dimension to Gunners

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 14, 2014

Yohan Cabaye almost moved to Arsenal last summer.
Yohan Cabaye almost moved to Arsenal last summer.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

One of the key reasons behind Arsenal's success this season has been their ability to cope with injuries that previously left them vulnerable.

Already this campaign the Premier League leaders have been without key players such as Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for large periods because of injury.

But it hasn't stopped their momentum, and they have managed to keep grinding out results and stay ahead of the chasing pack due to their strength in depth.

The extra numbers Arsene Wenger has available to him this season must act as an indication that having a large squad is suited to challenging for trophies.

The club also remain in the FA Cup and Champions League, but come the end of the season, new additions will have to be introduced if they are to keep moving forward.

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye would be an ideal addition to the current Arsenal squad, and their playing style would also complement him. As reported by Damian Spellman of the Press Association via the Daily Mail, he could be free to move clubs in the summer.

Cabaye's passing is a perfect match for the Gunners, and his ability to read and dictate a game are known to be admired by Wenger.

The France international almost joined the Gunners in the summer, as per David Wright of the Express, but the move failed to go through and Cabaye remained in the North East.

After putting aside his personal disappointment at not being allowed to move to the Emirates, Cabaye has been one of the main factors behind Newcastle's fine form this season, scoring five goals and setting up a further two in 18 games, per ESPN FC.

The Magpies are eighth in the Premier League table and have recorded memorable wins against Manchester United and Chelsea along the way to putting last season's relegation battle behind them.

Arsenal and Cabaye seem like a perfect fit, but the move will most likely happen in the summer. Wenger has already moved to rule out a bid for the player in the January transfer window, as reported by Simon Bird of the Mirror.

Kristan Heneage, a Newcastle writer for ESPN, agrees, saying that reports in France that Cabaye could move this month are wide of the mark:

However, should Cabaye keep up his current form in the Premier League and put on a good show at the World Cup with France, don't be surprised to see Arsenal make an approach for the second summer in a row.