With the team at sixes and sevens, Arsenal’s rapid flurry into the transfer market was to be expected at some point this week.
Arsene Wenger has wasted little time in trying to capture some of his key targets as The Gunners have made a £12m bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
Having impressed during his two seasons at St.James Park, the Frenchman has been highly sought after by several top European clubs during the summer break.
But Newcastle are not going to let Cabaye leave cheaply having rejected the bid from Arsenal and describing as an insult to both player and club.
When news filtered out about the move, Magpies boss Alan Pardew had less than kind words for the bid telling the BBC
that “we were shown disrespect.”
Not only that but it’s being reported that Mike Ashley scoffed at the bid and asked Arsenal’s negotiators “which part of him do you want to buy?”
It seems then that Arsenal are going to be locked into yet another long and drawn out transfer negotiations with a Premier league club over one of their star players.
Unlike the Suarez situation, Arsenal are more desperate to sign a midfielder where the club have been rocked with long term injuries to some of their top players such as Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby.
These injuries have forced Wenger to look at Cabaye who has significantly raised his profile since joining Newcastle from Lille in 2011.
Cabaye has so far made 73 appearances for Newcastle in the Premier League where his creative eye has helped him score 11 goals over the past two years.
Given the history of successful French players at Arsenal, Cabaye would be a good signing at The Emirates but this might only become a possibility if The Gunners were to stop being so frugal with their finances.
Having bragged about going on a spending spree with their £70m war spree, it was easy to think that Arsenal may finally step it up a notch as they look to their 8 year trophy drought.
Instead of doing just that, the club have become a bit of a laughing stock on the transfer market as their failures to meet player valuations has seen the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Gustavo join arguably lower profile sides such as Napoli and Wolfsburg instead.
With the club’s reputation and season firmly on the line, Arsene Wenger will need to get the club firing on all cylinders quickly before The Gunners become the butt of all the jokes surrounding English football.