Where In The World Is Hatem Ben Arfa – Frenchman Goes Missing

Rather embarrassing news again for French football tonight,  with reporte that Newcastle loan target Hatem Ben Arfa has walked out on his club Marseilles.

Hatem Ben Arfa – where has this lad gone?

There are reports out of France tonight, that the midfielder returned from international duty today with his agent, after scoring France’s goal in a 2-1 defeat against Norway in Oslo last night.

But Ben Arfa is understood to have been bitterly disappointed that his potential loan move to Newcastle United had been delayed by his French club, and only learned about this after a meeting with Marseille President Jean-Claude Dassier today.

Ben Arfa was not happy at all, and that is an understatement, as he is said to have been furious after the meeting, and is quoted by the French media as saying:

“I will not return any more.”

Ben Arfa  wants to play in England’s Premier League and had his heart set on a move to Newcastle United, but of  course Marseilles started to play games a couple of days ago, by basically holding the move in abeyance.

Marseilles seem to be  hoping that other Premier League clubs will come in and better the offer made by the famous Newcastle United club, which by all accounts was a fair offer of around £800K for the season.

Newcastle are sensibly saying nothing about this – but it points again to a lack of discipline that this lad has shown more than once in his short career.

If he does come to Newcastle, then our senior players and Chris Hughton himself will have their work cut out to keep the lad on the straight and narrow, but he will  become  a much better player, if he can do that.

We have great confidence in the likes of Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan to help the younger lads at the club, and Chris Hughton seems to be something of an expert at getting on with his players, and bringing the best out of them.

More news on this as it comes in.

Comments Welcome.

PS – I’m now back in the US, after flying back to Raleigh from Heathrow this afternoon with my wife, following our four week vacation in England – we need a rest!

14 comments so far

  • stevep

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #1

    welcome back Ed, hope you enjoyed your hol

    yup his Ben Arfa is making Bellamy look like a good lad – looks a great player but trouble lies ahead if we get him

  • roe997

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    he’s doon at bigg market!!ha.

  • stuart no9

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #3

    ben arfa will toe the line at the toon, rumour has it hes just been spotted down the bigg market , no need to worry about him though, barton and carroll are looking after him.

  • Newutd

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Welcome back Ed:)
    From the official site of Marseille (translated with google):

    “There is no serious offers solid and Newcastle at the moment, he asked then, that offer modest than we have received is itself subject to the approval of the sports management and I do not think Coach (Newcastle) is in step with its leaders if you believe his statements on Sky. It’s quite odd, we are in a rather delusional.”

    “And while a number of issues were dealt out to him, the President announced that Olympian “does not believe” that the player’s situation would change in the next fortnight. He then left the scene in stride.”

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope you had a good time in the most beautiful city in the world, Ed. Never believed all that tosh about it being New York , at least the got the first part right 😉

    Ben Arfa’s apparently walked because the club told him he could go then said ‘No’, and has messed him about since really. Also all the Marseilles fans say he’s been really good, as he’s not complained much even though he’s been on the bench for the last 2 years.

  • slazberger

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #6

    the OM president is coming across like a right idiot in my book. didnt he just say on saturday that he could be a newcastle player by tuesday or wednesday this week.


  • Newutd

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle is keeping the money in the pocket though, Slazberger.

  • slazberger

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #8

    maybe newutd or maybe not from what i read into the sky report yesterday its all paper talk form the start.


  • kikgras

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #9

    business is business, but face it…until the actual transfer deadline approaches, this is all just a game of cat and mouse.

  • kikgras

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #10

    still, if HBA is a wanted player by CH, then lets get it done already.

  • baro

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #11

    He said I WILL NOT RETURN. So go give him a pen let him sign a paper and give him a ride home to Newcastle. We just can’t loose this type of talent. I really hate Marseille president.

  • xfer

    Aug 13, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #12

    He is probably walking his way to Tyneside!

  • ginkoh

    Aug 13, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #13

    After they accepted offer and Arfa know where he want to go. Suddenly I think OM president said we have to pay for Arfa more than the offer they accepted in the last minute that not fair and we don’t want to play the game like that.

    So he go out to public and said our offer no realistic to save his face. OMG I hate the french business style.

  • bobby martins

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Looks like the Marseilles President has been takin notes from Deportivo’s Chairman on how to squeeze money out of Newcastle..Remember how they got tat extra bit of every penny on the coloccini deal …anyways arfa wont be in a newcastle shirt on monday evening….if ashley could pay 5.5 million for a average sisqo why not a extra 500 k for arfa who could turn a few games on their heads for the toon….


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