After another goalless draw, the media were quick to question Wenger over whether he will make any more signings. Rumours have been gathering pace that Arsenal is set to raid Newcastle for Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye. Both players were the at the heart of Newcastle’s fantastic campaign last season but seemed to be staying at the club. As we enter the last week of the transfer window, agents and journalists are likely to fabricate stories for their personal gain. However, Wenger has said he wants another midfielder, if someone “special” comes along. Furthermore, a player already in the Premier League would help ease the transition that has perhaps made it difficult for our strike force to be as fluid as we would like.
He said the following during a Sky interview after the game:
“Tiote is a good player, but he’s not on his way to Arsenal.”
The Mirror is reporting that we are looking to make a £15 million bid for the Ivorian midfielder, who has scored just one goal in his 54 appearances for the club. That price seems a little high, especially when many consider Tiote a very similar player to Song. He may even be a little worse on the disciplinary side – he received 14 yellow cards in just 28 appearances last season. Pardew vowed not to change Tiote’s style, but was disappointed that his player would miss games due to his recklessness.
Wenger’s comment may just be a cryptic message so as not to reveal his interest in Tiote, but I genuinely think Arsenal don’t need the player. We have a powerful midfielder in Diaby, and Arteta is taking up the defensive midfield role quite brilliantly.
The other player supposedly on our radar is Yohan Cabaye, the 26 year old French midfielder who played at Lille alongside Gervinho and Hazard. He was excellent last season, netting five goals and grabbing 8 assists in 38 matches. He was called up to the French squad and had a very good Euros. Again, there are reports that we are preparing a £15 million bid for the player, but I think Newcastle would hold out for a higher fee, especially at this point in the transfer window. Pardew said:
“All my players are important, and they are hard to replace now.
“You lose a big player now and you try and take someone out from somewhere else and they want a replacement and time is suddenly running down. You can’t get anyone in and we want to avoid that.”
As good as Cabaye is, do we need him either? He reminds me of Ramsey before his injury – accurate passing, decent long shot and good movement. He’s a top midfielder, but we have Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Wilshere, Rosicky and Ramsey who can all play as the creative hub.
I’d love to think Wenger is preparing an exciting transfer such as this, but it may be too much to ask. I’m sure someone will come in, I just don’t think it will be a French international playing at a top Premier League club who will demand at least £20 million for the player.