ARSENE Wenger has defended Arsenal’s conduct in its pursuit of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
The Gunners had a bid of around £10million for the France international turned down.
And Arsenal are expected to return with an improved bid for Cabaye, who is also interesting Paris Saint-Germain.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hit out at the timing of the bid, which was made on the eve of the club’s season-opener against Manchester City.
Cabaye did not feature in the game, with Pardew feeling the 27-year-old’s “head had been turned”.
A prickly Wenger, speaking before Arsenal’s Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbahce tomorrow, said: “We do not want to hurt anybody – Newcastle or anybody else.
“You can’t reproach us on one side not to buy, and to reproach us when we try to buy as well. That is a little bit contradictory.”
He added: “I don’t know if it’s unfair or fair – I just do what is best for this football club.”
Wenger is under pressure to strengthen his squad after his team’s opening-day defeat to Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, Crewe Alexandra have signed midfielder Brad Inman, 21, on a three-year deal after agreeing compensation with his former club Newcastle.