ALAN Pardew has accused of Arsenal of “disrespecting” Newcastle United over their move for Yohan Cabaye.
Newcastle yesterday turned down a £10million bid for Cabaye from the Gunners.
However, Pardew is braced for an increased offer for the midfielder over the coming days.
Paris Saint-Germain are also closely monitoring Cabaye’s situation.
The timing of Arsenal’s move infuriated Pardew, who felt news of the bid had “turned Cabaye’s head” on the eve of last night’s season-opener against Manchester City, which ended in a 4-0 defeat for Newcastle.
And the boss felt Cabaye’s absence was a factor in his team’s performance at the City of Manchester Stadium.
“I have to say it’s been a tough 24 hours,” Pardew said.
“We’ve prepared for three days with Cabaye.
“He is a creative talent in our team - then he gets his head turned ahead of the game.
“It’s disrespectful to this fantastic club. We’ve then had to adjust to that.”
Cabaye travelled to Manchester with his team-mates on Sunday and he was pencilled in to start even after news of Arsenal’s interest broke.
However, as kick-off approached, it was decided that Cabaye wouldn’t be involved, and the 27-year-old is understood to have returned to Tyneside before the match.
Forward Yoan Gouffran came into the starting XI, and Jonas Gutierrez - who suffered a hamstring injury late in the first half - was instead deployed in the role which had been earmarked for Cabaye.