Arsenal are hopeful of signing French midfielderYohan Cabaye from Newcastle after the playmaker was missing from the starting line-up as well as not even making the bench against Manchester City on Monday night.

In the back of a hard weekend loss to Aston Villa 3-1 at home, Arsene Wenger was the target of several angry fans at the Emirates as they called for some big money signings to be done before September 2.

Wenger is desperate to bring in some quality talents in the squad as Arsenal’s injury list gets longer day by day, with the latest victim being Arsenal’s main playmaker, Mikel Arteta.

The Spanish midfielder has been ruled out for at least six weeks after he suffered a torn quadriceps, according to Daily Mail. With as many as ten players missing the start of the season for the Gunners due to injuries, Wenger will have to move promptly to sign quality talents before the transfer deadline.

Arsenal has already seen their £10million bid for the highly-rated Frenchman rejected by the Magpies, according to Sky Sports and are now holding out for a higher price bid close to £20million in the coming days.

Cabaye is known to be a brilliant playmaker who can link up midfield and attack joined Newcastle from French side, Lille on a five-year deal in 2011. The 27-year old helped Newcastle to finish fifth in the 2011/12 season. Having made 73 appearance for the Premier League club, scoring 11 goals and making 11 assists.

Cabaye has been impressive in national colours too, featuring in 23 matches since 2010 for France. Earlier linked with moves to PSG and Monaco, but the interest cooled off later and reports in England indicate that Arsenal might have to fight Manchester United who too are interested in the French midfielder after failed bids to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

One of the most speculated transfer to look forward to as we near the close of summer transfer window.

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