Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye should be forgiven for attempting to force a move to the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window, according to former Newcastle star David Ginola.

Cabaye was the subject of interest from Arsenal over the summer months, with Alan Pardew publicly critical of the way the north London club contacted themselves in pursuit of the Frenchman.

The Gunners were reported to have made a bid of £12 million for Cabaye, which appeared to unsettle the midfielder, who hoped to secure a transfer to Arsenal before the deadline last week.

Newcastle, however, stood firm and rebuffed the proposal from Arsenal - who eventually clinched the signature of Mesut Ozil in a club record deal - and Ginola has urged Toon supporters not to give Cabaye a hard time on his return to the side.

"He's a great player - he's done really good for the club," Ginola told reporters.

"You have to put things in perspective. Sometimes you make a mistake and you have to be forgiven for that.

"As soon as he steps back on the football pitch at St James' Park he will wear the zebra shirt and that will be it, he will be back on track."

Ginola was speaking after playing for a Newcastle XI against an AC Milan XI for Steve Harper's testimonial match on Wednesday night, with the latter triumphing courtesy of a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw.

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