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‘I Wanted To Play For Wenger’ – Ace Regrets Failed Arsenal Move
Long-term Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye has admitted he was keen on moving to the Emirates so he could work under Arsene Wenger.
We were strongly linked with Cabaye over the past couple of years and finally made a move for the France international last summer, but angered Newcastle with our £10m opening offer.
The Geordies were insulted by our low bid and it seemed to sour relations between the clubs which ended any hopes of us landing the attacking midfielder. Cabaye was therefore forced to remain at St James’ Park before eventually sealing a £23m move to PSG in January.
The 28-year-old has now revealed that he was disappointed to miss out on a move to Arsenal as he would have ‘liked to play for Wenger’, but he also feels it was his ‘destiny’ to move to PSG.
“I would have liked to play for Wenger last summer but, unfortunately, it didn’t happen,”
“PSG is prepared to win everything,” he added. “The players share a mentality making them wanting to go as far as possible.
“If we have the possibility to snatch the Champions League, we will do it. [Zlatan] Ibra[himovic] is doing extraordinary things and Thiago [Silva] is a monster at the back. It’s a new challenge. I want to last here and to win. It is my destiny.” [source: Goal]
I’m a huge fan of Cabaye’s and was disappointed that we missed out in the summer as he would have been a great replacement for Mikel Arteta in central midfield.
Our £10m bid was certainly too low for a player of his quality, and it turns out our tightness saw us once again lose out on a key target. Had we bid nearer £15-£18m I feel we could have signed him before PSG swooped in to pay over the odds at £23m in January.