Pardew fumes as Newcastle snub Arsenal bid for Cabaye
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew accused Arsenal of showing disrespect after turning down the Gunners' �12 million bid (14 million euros, $19 million) for France midfielder Yohan Cabaye on Monday.
Cabaye has been targeted by Arsene Wenger as the Arsenal manager looks to bolster his injury-hit squad after Saturday's dismal 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign.
Angry Arsenal fans chanted for Wenger to splash the cash at the final whistle after the Frenchman failed to make a marquee signing during the close-season.
But Wenger's offer for Cabaye is reported to have fallen well short of Newcastle's �20 million valuation and Pardew was furious that Arsenal chose the day of the Magpies' Premier League opener against Manchester City to make their approach.
Pardew was forced to leave out Cabaye at the last minute because he felt the timing of the bid may have unsettled the former Lille midfielder and in his absence Newcastle produced a poor display in a 4-0 defeat.
"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," Pardew said.
"For him to have his head turned in that way was difficult.
"Why it couldn't wait until tomorrow I don't know. The result wouldn't have been the same if he had played."
Speaking before kick-off, Pardew had said: "On the eve of the game we have received a bid for the player which we deem unacceptable.
"I have to pick what I think is a team to get us a result.
"The rights and wrongs of it (the bid) other people can have an opinion on. I know what my opinion is."