According to reports, Arsenal will make a move for unsettled French star in the January transfer window.
PSG midfielder – Yohan Cabaye has expressed, in unequivocal terms, his displeasure with regards to his current status in Laurent Blanc’s team, putting Arsenal on alert.
The former Newcastle player, who moved to Paris in January this year, has not found life back home in France entirely satisfying as he has continued to be overlooked as a major part of the team, with Marco Veratti and Blaise Matuidi the more favoured in his central midfield role. Though the Parisien club are top of both the Ligue 1 log as well as their Champions League group, Cabaye has not hidden the fact that he is not pleased with not playing a more regular role in the team.
L’Equipe has this quotes from their chat with Cabaye: “Have I spoken to Laurent Blanc? No. What do I tell him? I am 28 years old and not new to the job. But I am not satisfied with the situation.”
“Am I completely happy? To be honest, no. It is a new situation for me, but I don’t complain. It is the first time I haven’t played regularly for my club.”
Indeed, it is quite a new situation for the player who had been unarguably the first name of Alan Pardew’s team sheet every day of the week, being the main creative force of Newcastle’s midfield over the 3 seasons he spent at Tyneside.
Arsenal had failed to lure the player away last year’s summer for £10m, prompting the resentment of Alan Pardew as the bid was made before their opening League game of the season against CIty – Cabaye wasn’t considered psychologically stable to play, and the Geordies subsequently got thumped 4 – 0. Cabaye returned to the team after a while, but was never really settled again, eventually moving to PSG.
Arsene Wenger may now have the opportunity to recapture Cabaye whom he definitely considered then not just as a impulsive scramble but a veritable option to plug the gap in the midfield. Cabaye played for Didier Deschamps French team in the World Cup as the deepest lying of the three midfielders, holding guard of the back four while Paul Pogba and, PSG teammate, Blaise Matuidi were granted more licence to join the attack.
Having played in England before, a move to Arsenal means he’s not “new to the job” in terms of handling the pace of the League. He’ll also be keen to prove himself again especially in a club with as big a status as PSG, to show he has the ability to cut it at the very highest level, having played his best days at Lille and Newcastle.
He may not appear as the biggest hatchet man in the world, but a good technically-gifted guy like Cabaye would do our mifield a world of good, especially in the face of growing injury concerns.
More regular football must be vital to him to stake a claim in the french team for the upcoming Euros in 2 years time and given he’ll be closer to his thirties by then, a long consistent run will give him the edge, with little regard to his age.
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