Arsenal are throwing in full weight going into the January transfer window and seem interested in an avalanche of stars.
According to the Express, Arsenal have emerged as huge favorites to capture want-away PSG midfielder, Yohan Cabaye.
The former Newcastle man has found life not as Parisien as he would have anticipated following his winter move from Newcastle to PSG last year, making only a handful of appearances for Laurent Blanc’s team over the past calendar year, even fewer this season.
With interest in his services coming again from Premier League big clubs, including Liverpool and United, Cabaye would very likely return to England for the second time, with London his most likely destination.
Cabaye has repeatedly spoken up of his discontent with a lack of opportunities given to him at the Parc des Princes, being behind Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Veratti and Adrien Rabiot on the pecking order.
Being aware that Arsenal had made the bid to sign him while he was still at Newcastle, it does not appear that Cabaye would have much hesitation in continuing his career with Wenger at Arsenal who clearly believes in the 28-year old’s ability to play in the holding role, especially with the recurrence of injuries to team captain, Mikel Arteta. Making Arsenal clear favourites over Liverpool and Manchester United.
With focus on his desire to play in the Champions League, it would have been a straight battle between Liverpool and Arsenal for his signature, with Manchester United also closely monitoring the players situation with a bid to land him in the winter window.
Cabaye may not be a core defensive minded player as he is all too capable of making eventful contributions in the attacking third, having been the main creative force of Newcastle’s midfield over the 3 seasons he spent at Tyneside.
That said, 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.
A box-to-box midfielder in his prime, the fact that he’ll be 29 in January could be motivation enough for Cabaye to settle more and make himself one of the best defensive midfielders in the world as he has the apt tactical understanding of the game to be able to read advancing opponents so as to break up play and retrieve possession.
He must appear as a viable option for Wenger who is in dire need of a defensive stalwart. It could present the Arteta situation of signing and converting, but Cabaye is more up to defensive duties than Arteta ever was.
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 in a top team will put him in the reckoning when Didier Deschamps finalises his team selections, with little regard to his age.
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