MANAGER Alan Pardew accused of Arsenal of “disrespecting” Newcastle United over its move for Yohan Cabaye.
Newcastle yesterday turned down a £10m bid for Cabaye (right) from the Gunners, but Pardew is braced for an increased offer for the midfielder over the coming days. Paris Saint-Germain are also closely monitoring Cabaye’s situation.
The timing of Arsenal’s move infuriated Pardew, who felt news of the bid had “turned Cabaye’s head” on the eve of last night’s season-opener against Manchester City.
And Pardew felt Cabaye’s absence was a factor in his team’s performance at the Etihad Stadium.
“I have to say it’s been a tough 24 hours, that,” Pardew said. “We’ve prepared for three days with Cabaye. He is a creative talent in our team – then he gets his head turned ahead of the game.
“It’s disrespectful to this fantastic club. We’ve then had to adjust to that.”
Cabaye travelled to Manchester with his team-mates on Sunday, and was pencilled in to start even after news of Arsenal’s interest broke.
However, as kick-off approached, it was decided that Cabaye wouldn’t be involved, and the 27-year-old is understood to have returned to Tyneside before the match.
“We also had to adjust to a sending off and an injury to Jonas (Gutierrez),” said Pardew, who offered no defence of Steven Taylor for his red card.
“In terms of the attitude of the players to try to dig in and stay in the game, I couldn’t have asked more of them.”