Arsenal have been linked with both Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye in the recent past. They are both French after all. It did look like the midfielder would be on his way from Newcastle to the Emirates earlier in the season after it was reported that Arsene Wenger had made a bid, but as we know it did not happen, but the local press in Newcastle seem to think that the move could be back on in January.
With the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen being largely in the shadows this season, having started only two League Cup games, you could tell that speculation over his future was not far away. According to a recent report, the Belgian international will be subject to a January bid from fellow Premier League side Newcastle United.
The report from the Daily Star also goes on to say that Joe Kinnear, Newcastle’s director of football, has been keeping a close eye on the Gunners’ skipper for quite some time now and has been urging Magpies’ boss Alan Pardew to make a move for the Belgian defender once the transfer window reopens at the start of the new year.
The ball is firmly in Arsenal’s court over the transfer of the Newcastle United and France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who the Magpies’ new director of football Joe Kinnear hilariously called `Kebab` on an infamous radio phone in recently. Now we are definitely in the Champions League, hopefully the transfers will start rolling in, and Cabaye could be the first.
Perhaps it was being referred to as a greasy, late-night, takeaway snack that did it, but Cabaye has indicated his desire to come and play for the Gunners, according to Newcastle’s local paper The Chronicle. However, the 27-year old has no idea whether Arsenal are going to come back with an improved offer, because so far we have not increased the original bid of £10 million, which was instantly rejected.
Arsenal’s latest confirmed target Yohann Cabaye has been left out of the Newcastle squad while the negotiations continue with the Gunners. The Toon boss Alan Pardew has criticized Arsene Wenger for destabilising his the French midfielder and also for puttting in an unacceptable bid for his player, and is now telling the Gunners that they are running out of time to come up with a realistic bid for Cabaye.
Pardew said: “If Arsenal want to sign the player they’re going to need to sign him soon because at some point we’re just going to say no.
Arsenal, Wenger and respect by Dan
In all his years in English football Arsene Wenger has never experienced an opening week to the season like the one he has had to endure in the last 7 days. It’s no longer ‘in Arsene We Trust’ at the Emirates, with the split between the fans based on who should be taking the blame for this disastrous transfer window, the manager or our board?
Last week, Alan Pardew joked that he didn’t care if Arsenal won 4-0 this week, so there has been much debate about whether Pardew’s Newcastle team will actually turn up and fight Arsenal for the three points today after securing their Premiership survival last weekend.
But today it has now been reported that the Toon owner Mike Ashley has set aside a MILLION POUND bonus to be shared amongst the non-playing and coaching staff at the club if they can galvanise the team to win their final game at St James Park.
Arsenal head up north tomorrow needing a win to secure a top four finish, while Newcastle have nothing much to play for, although this and other results could see them finish anywhere from 10th to 17th. Alan Pardew will try to upset Arsene Wenger and Arsenal and give the home fans something to cheer about.
Having said that, Newcastle have been as leaky as a Welshman’s allotment this season. Only the three relegated teams have let in more than the 67 Premier League goals the Magpies have conceded so far. The players also have the painful recent memory of our 7-3 victory against them at the Emirates. With Giroud back from suspension, Arsenal could have four players on the pitch who are all in double figures in the Premier League. Newcastle will have just one, Papiss Cisse.
Arsenal’s home game against Wigan has now taken on even more importance after the Spuds late winner over Stoke yesterday. The Gunners have dropped below Spurs with just two games to go, so we simply MUST beat Wigan at the Emirates to regain our ascendance to the Champions League.
Once those three points are secured, we will have a free run up at Newcastle on the last day of the season after the Toon beat QPR to ensure their safety from relegation. The Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said yesterday: “I’m very pleased. It was a very important game for this football club.
Arsene Wenger revealed before the transfer window that he was looking to raid the Spanish market for “bargains” due to the financial difficulties suffered by clubs in La Liga (e.g. Malaga!), but in the meantime Newcastle have been concentrating on Wenger’s traditional hunting ground, France, and have come away with some excellent buys.
It was revealed that just this week, everyone in France thought that Montpellier’s Yanga M’Biwa was on his way to the Arsenal before he went to Newcastle at the last minute, and along with Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy, Toulouse’s Moussa Sissoko, Nancy’s Massadio Haïdara and Bordeaux’s Yoan Gouffran, Alan Pardew has severely strengthened his Toon squad for a combined price of just £18m, with £7m being recouped by the sale of Demba Ba to Chelsea.
There is no way that Demba Ba will be joining Arsenal, if the reports about the reasons behind the collapse of his transfer to Chelsea are true. Apparently his wages are the problem, suggesting that the 27-year old or his agents want a lot more than the £70,000 a week that the Blues were offering.
It cannot be over the fee because we know that his release clause will be triggered at £7.5 million. Ba is a talented and powerful striker, but Arsenal will not pay over £100,000 a week because of the strict nature of the wage structure. Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, is now hoping that he will be able to hold on to his top scorer.
The Newcastle hitman Demba Ba has made it clear that he is free to join other clubs in January if they meet his paltry 7.5m buyout clause, and he has also admitted that Arsenal would be his “dream club” and he is hoping that Arsene Wenger will be making an offer.
His manager at Newcastle, Alan Pardew, has today admitted that he is powerless to stop the move if Arsenal come in for him, and it will simply be Ba’s decision. “It’s unfortunate that the contract he has raises a lot of questions,” said Pardew.
It looks like Arsenal will have a choice of two strikers to buy in January, as Newcastle United are resigned to selling their 27-year old Senegalese striker Demba Ba when the January transfer window opens. The North East club and their owner, Mike Ashley, have failed to agree terms with Ba over a new contract, so are ready to move him on as soon as possible so they can get a replacement settled in.