Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes that though Arsene Wenger is one of the Premier League’s finest managers, he missed a trick by not moving to sign France international Yohan Cabaye this summer, according to the Daily Express.
Palace take on Arsenal this weekend, looking for their first victory over the Gunners in 20 years with Pardew laying on the praise for his managerial counterpart.
“He has introduced to the English game the type of football that has educated managers and coaches, and that is simply the beauty of possession,” he said.
“He has also been brave enough to stay with his principles on how football should be played. You find yourself being influenced and intoxicated by what he has made his trademark, the fantastic way he has made players happy when they have the ball.
“He is one of the greats of the game because he has never abandoned his love of pure talent and ability.”
However, he believes Wenger moved too slowly in the race to sign £12m-rated Yohan Cabaye, who headed for Selhurst Park from Paris Saint Germain earlier in the summer.
“A few years ago when I was at Newcastle, Arsenal came in for him, and there was conversation between him and Wenger. Yohan thought he was going,” said Pardew.
“The move never went through, and Arsenal definitely missed something there. He might have made a big difference to them, and exert the kind of influence he is showing with us.
“Now Yohan is with us and we are lucky to have him because he is a brilliant player. The rest of our players look at him as the benchmark of the team, they know they have not played with anyone of his kind of level before, and so it inspires everyone to do better, be more professional. If that happens then we will have a great season.”
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