We couldn’t have done much worse tonight if we had tried, and we also thought the Arsenal bid of around £12M for Yohan Cabaye came at a terrible time for Newcastle – why couldn’t Arsenal have waited until after the game at Manchester City tonight before they lodged the bid?
Yohan Cabaye – unsettled by Arsenal
And Alan Pardew has slammed Arsenal FC for almost deliberately unsettling Yohan Cabaye before tonight’s game – where we were truly thumped 4-0 by a slick-looking Manchester City team, who were superior in Newcastle all over the pitch tonight – and in truth that score-line could have looked a lot worse.
Of course there’s no love lost between Alan Pardew and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but apparently the bid was made yesterday, although the news only broke in early afternoon today, and it was anywhere from £10M to £12M, depending on which reports you believe.
And Alan Pardew is saying that things would have been different tonight had Yohan Cabaye been able to play – and this is what Alan said after the game:
“You prepare for three days with a player of that talent and that was taken away from us because we were shown disrespect from Arsenal on the eve of the game.” “They could have bid when the game was over and it had a huge effect on the game.”
“The two goals City scored, they have a lot of talent, but we threatened their goal and we looked like we could get something, but it was a silly act from Steven Taylor and he has apologized to the lads.”
One man may have made a difference tonight for Newcastle - but in truth we were completely outclassed – and it was a worrying game to watch for Newcastle fans.
Yohan Cabaye is also paid big money to play at Newcastle, and the professional thing for Yohan Cabaye would have been to play tonight.
But unfortunately that didn’t happen – and it was almost like a perfect storm tonight - everything that could go wrong – did go wrong.
We have to do a lot better against West Ham United at home on Saturday, because the last thing we want is to get off to bad start this season.
But West Ham will now fancy their chances of getting all 3 points again at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
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