Alan Pardew hit out at Arsenal for their untimely bid for Yohan Cabaye, ahead of their Premier League opening match against Manchester City.
The Gunners set an opening bid of £10 million for the French international which was swiftly rejected by Newcastle United. Pardew branded the bid as totally unacceptable. However, Cabaye travelled with the rest of the Newcastle squad to the Etihad Stadium before Pardew sent the midfielder home due to the Gunner’s bid being widely publicised.
The Magpies suffered a disastrous defeat and were emphatically beaten by Manchester City who were keen to impress new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Without one of their most influential players, Yohan Cabaye and centre-back Steven Taylor who was sent-off, Newcastle endured a 4-0 defeat with goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri sealing the win for Manchester City.
And, the Newcastle boss believed the loss of Cabaye had a major impact on the result.
On the Cabaye issue, Pardew told reporters: "You prepare for three days with a player of that talent and that was taken away from us.
"It had a huge bearing on the result as well."
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