Newcastle legend: wantaway star deserves forgiveness

Yohan Cabaye

Former Newcastle star David Ginola has urged the club’s supporters to forgive Yohan Cabaye for his summer flirtation with Arsenal, reports the Metro.

The French midfielder was the subject of a late summer bid from the Gunners, which led to him sitting out the club’s first game of the season – a game they subsequently lost 4-0 to Manchester City.

The offer from Arsenal drew condemnation from Magpies boss Alan Pardew, who was furious the North London club made the offer on the eve of an important Premier League fixture.

The £10million offer was rejected out of hand, with Newcastle claiming it would take at least £20million to see them part with one of their most prized assets.

Cabaye has since been left stranded at St James’ Park after Arsenal failed to return with an improved offer, and was booed on his return to the team against Fulham almost two weeks ago.

But former Toon hero Ginola has pleaded with supporters to go easy on his fellow countryman, claiming the midfielder has done superbly for the club since his arrival two years ago.

“He’s a great player – he’s done really good for the club,” Ginola said.

“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 black and white shirt and that will be it, he will be back on track.”

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