Yohan Cabaye has revealed that Newcastle United's decision to reject an offer from Arsenal last summer was the "right choice."
The France international completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain as the Magpies signed Holland international Luuk de Jong on loan until the end of the season. Arsenal were keen on signing Cabaye last summer. However, the Tyneside club rejected an approach from the north London side in signing the midfielder.
The Gunners rekindled their interest in signing Cabaye as Arsene Wenger was considering an approach in bringing the midfielder to the Emirates this month. However, the French midfielder decided to join the Ligue 1 winners after signing a three and a half year deal at Parc de Princes.
Carboy admitted that it was hard not to join Arsenal last summer, but admitted that the rejection of the Gunners offer was the right choice made by the Magpies.
"It's true that there was an offer from Arsenal over the summer that was rejected and then the discussions stopped. There was interest there because they made Newcastle an offer for me but Newcastle decided not to accept it," Cabaye said, as quoted in the Mirror.
"That was their choice and at the start it was hard to take, but looking back on things and considering how we played in the subsequent six months, it was the right choice," the French midfielder added.
Meanwhile, Cabaye also revealed that there was an agreement in place between the player and Newcastle to allow the midfielder leave the club in the mid-season transfer window. The 28-year-old went on to thank his former club for respecting the agreement, which saw him join PSG this month.
"Last summer I wasn't able to leave but then there was another opportunity this winter and they respected the agreement we had. So I'd like to say a big 'Thank you' to them," Cabaye explained.
Alan Pardew is looking to bring in a replacement for Cabaye before the transfer window shuts on Friday. The Mirror reports Newcastle are considering a £8m approach in bringing Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier to St James' Park this month.