Cabaye seeks redemption from Newcastle fans for escape attempt to Arsenal
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye is seeking redemption for the club’s fan. The French midfielder apologized to Newcastle fans for his attitude during the summer transfer window, as he eagerly pursued the opportunity to join Arsenal.
Intense interest from Arsenal attracted Cabaye to the opportunity of joining Gunners this summer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was Cabaye’s fan and he would like to bring him to the Emirates.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder was also linked to club such as Manchester United, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, but in the end only Arsenal came up with an actual bid on Cabaye this summer.
Cabaye, who made his first start on Saturday against Aston Villa, claims he is happy with his stay at Newcastle United. The France international was excited and pleased to see that Newcastle fans were giving him a standing ovation for returning to the club.
“It was very, very good to be back in the team; a really nice feeling,” Cabaye told Newcastle United’s official website. “The most important thing for me is to be on the pitch and to play. I want to do my best for the club, for the team, for everyone and, of course, I want to win every game we play.
“(The ovation) was very nice to hear. If the fans were -- or still are -- mad at me for what happened then I understand and I apologize to them. I want to come back from what has happened.
“For Newcastle fans, football is their life and I want to say that I am going to give everything -- as I have from my first day here -- from today until the end of the season.”
Cabaye also talked about the pressure he was feeling from international duty. The midfielder was left of the France squad for the recent World Cup qualifying matches.
“I'm okay. This is football,” Cabaye said. “In your career you do not have a career without bad moments. I have moved on and now in my head I just want to work really hard, to get back in the team every week and to help the team -- that is the most important thing for me.
“I want to forget what happened during the summer, I want to put it behind me and give everything for Newcastle every day, for the Club and for my team-mates.”