Hatem Ben Arfa is a French International of Tunisian descent, who plays at Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseilles, and hopefully will be coming on a season long loan deal to Newcastle United.
Hatem Ben Arfa – 23 year old 5’11” winger or central midfielder
Ben Arfa plays as a winger, usually on the left side and can also play as an attacking central midfielder.
Ben Arfa is a true talent but one thing that has worried Newcastle fans over the last few weeks, is his lack of discipline.
In his youth career he played for various clubs as follows:
Year Team 1994–1996 ASV Châtenay-Malabry 1996–1998 Montrouge CF 92 1998–1999 AC Boulogne-Billancourt 1999–2002 INF Clairefontaine 2002–2004 Lyon
He continued to play for Lyon is his senior career before moving to Marseilles in 2007.
Year Team 2004–2008 Lyon 87 11 2008– Marseilles 91 15 France National team:
Years Team Apps Goals 2002–2003 France U16 10 7 2003–2004 France U17 17 11 2005 France U18 4 0 2005–2006 France U19 6 1 2007 France U21 1 0 2007– France 7 1
Ben Arfa was labelled a star in the making at a very young age, and when he was considering a move from Lyon in 2008, Everton, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Spanish club Real Madrid were all interested in the youngster.
The 5’11” midfielder eventually signed for Olympique Marseilles, where he has played over 90 games for the French Champions since then.
This lad should make a big difference in class to the Newcastle squad, but he will be a challenge for manager Chris Hughton – who must keep him under control and instill some discipline into the lad, so he does not harm the great spirit that currently exists at Newcastle.
If Chris can do that he will make Ben Arfa a better player, and if the youngster does well next season, he could well become a permanent player at Newcastle next summer.