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Arsenal target vents frustration at failed transfer
This article comes from our friends over at Touchline Talk Football News.
Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye has revealed his failed transfer to Arsenal in the summer was hard to swallow.
But the Frenchman has not been able to shed light on exactly why the move broke down, he pointed reporters in the direction of the Magpie’s Director of Football, Joe Kinnear.
Alan Pardew was not happy with the timing of Arsenal’s approach, on the eve of their opening Premier League game against Manchester City, and Cabaye opted to sit out of Newcastle’s league fixtures until the saga was resolved.
However, the Toon Army stood strong and refused to sell their star midfielder to the Gunners and Cabaye apologised to fans soon after for refusing to play for the club.
Cabaye was questioned about Arsenal’s bid during a press conference ahead of France’s World Cup Qualifiers.
“Was my failed transfer to Arsenal difficult to swallow? At first, yes,” said the midfielder.
“But you have to quickly get focused again, because if you go on thinking about it you have a grudge against a lot of people and that is useless.
“I quickly forget about it and go back to work.”
Despite Cabaye’s regret over the failed transfer, he has revealed he does not bear a grudge on the North-East club.
“The fans’ state of mind was due to what the club wanted to let them know,” he said.
“As I didn’t talk and I won’t give any explanation about what happened, they chose their side. That is part of a career, but I bear no grudge against no one. I accept it, it is in the past.”
The former Lille ace refused to be drawn on why talks broke down and said only Kinnear would be the man to reveal why the move didn’t materialise.
“The only person who can explain what happened is Joe Kinnear. If he is honest, he will tell it. Otherwise it will not get out of my mouth.”
Cabaye should probably be grateful he didn’t secure a move to North London in the summer.
With the signing of Mesut Ozil and the outstanding form shown by Aaron Ramsey, you’d struggle to see the Newcastle player getting into Arsene Wenger’s side.