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Former Newcastle United midfielder David Ginola believes the club’s fans should forgive Yohan Cabaye for mistakenly trying to engineer a summer move to Arsenal this summer, the Express reports.
The Gunners had lodged a £10m bid for the France international during the transfer window, but saw their efforts promptly rejected by the Magpies who believed Arsene Wenger’s men were well off in their valuation.
Manager Alan Pardew claimed that Cabaye had his head turned by the offer and the former Lille man went on strike before the side’s season opener against Manchester City.
And Ginola, who featured in the Steve Harper charity game last night, believes the fans should go easy on him after the fine work he has done for the club.
“He’s a great player – he’s done really good for the club,” he 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.”
Pardew, has also echoed Ginola’s sentiments be praising the player’s attitude in training since the close of the transfer window on September 2.
“I have been very pleased with the player’s reaction,” Pardew told reporters at a news conference.
“We have got great results from him and he’s in good shape.
“I’m very pleased and he has a duty to the French team and his club with full responsibility.”
PSG were also linked with the 27-year-old, who has impressed greatly since moving to St James’ Park in 2011.