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Pardew hits out at Arsenal after Magpies' awful start
A FRUSTRATED Alan Pardew has hit out at Arsenal for showing a lack of respect in Arsene Wenger's pursuit of key Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
The Magpies were forced to go in to last night's opening fixture of the season at Manchester City – which ended in a crushing 4-0 defeat and saw defender Steven Taylor stupidly sent off – after the Gunners made a £10m offer for Cabaye.
Arsenal are now expected to go back in with an improved offer for the £20m-rated France international, who was deemed mentally not right to line up in a Newcastle shirt at the Etihad Stadium.
Pardew thinks the timing of Arsenal's decision to go public with their offer, which was rejected, for Cabaye could have been handled far better at the Emirates.
“It is a very difficult situation when a player gets news like that,” said Pardew. “It was not us that gave him the news. It was hard for him to get his head down and play a game of this magnitude after hearing that.
“It's pretty obvious I'm upset about it. It has been a tough day. We have 37 games to go and we have to make sure we don't let the emotions scar us for the rest of the games.”
Pardew has called for football's governing bodies to revisit the possibility of closing the transfer window before the new season in the future – and hinted he would prefer not to sell a player also courted by wealthy Paris St Germain.
“Yohan is a terrific player,” said Pardew. “You put him in a situation like (Luis) Suarez and (Gareth) Bale – and Wayne Rooney - which he has found himself in. The Premier League have contacted other European leagues to see about closing the transfer window early.
“After the summer we have had here, with the situations we have had, it's something that needs to be put under the microscope again.”
He added: “When you do a pre-season like we have done, a thorough pre-season, you prepare for three days with a team including Cabaye ... It is tough for his head to be turned on the eve of a game. I see no reason for that to happen. Why can't they (Arsenal) wait until Tuesday.”
Pardew did not discuss the exact value of the offer from Arsenal – but did indicate it was “below our valuation”.
The Newcastle boss must now spend the rest of the week trying to prepare his team for Saturday's visit of West Ham United on the back of such a disappointing start at the Etihad Stadium First half goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero set the tone before Taylor – who now faces a three match ban – was red carded shortly before half-time for aiming his stray arm at Aguero.
“Steven was completely out of character,” said Pardew, who also lost Jonas Gutierrez to a hamstring problem around the same time.
“I can't really say any more than that and he has apologised. He has made a mistake. We had to suffer the penalty. Up to then, against a very good side, we gave a good account of ourselves and Hatem Ben Arfa threatened a few times. After the sending off I was actually proud of them second half.”
After the restart Yaya Toure made it three with a brilliant free-kick before Samir Nasri rounded things off, although the scoreline could have been far greater.
Pardew said: “There are going to be a lot of teams going to struggle here. They have some fantastic talent.
“They have great options off the bench. Let's be honest, these teams, in terms of finance and quality, make it very difficult for the rest of the Premier League. There will be better teams than us who struggle here.”
After the excellence of Manchester City, the Blues' new boss Manuel Pellegrini was more than satisfied after taking charge of his first competitive fixture.
“The most pleasing aspect was the way the team played, we had the attitude to play as an aggressive, offensive team and we continued that for 90 minutes,” said the Chilean, whose side have been installed as bookmakers favourites after their performance.
“The most important thing is to win. I don’t think it is a dream start, but a very good start, I'm very confident that the team would do well.
“I don’t want to compare us to the others. Chelsea and Manchester United also won their games. We did it the way we wanted.
“We are just starting and maybe other important teams like Tottenham will do well. It doesn’t matter what others did, but what we did today.”
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