Ben Arfa On Tyneside And Ready To Sign?

Yes we were sent that photo by one of our readers showing Ben Arfar presumably at Newcastle airport today – but we know all about the capabilities of modern day photo software – and just didn’t believe it.

Ben Arfa – in Newcastle right now?

But a remarkable turn of events may indeed be happening, with Ben Arfa reported now by Sky Sports to be in Newcastle, and he could become  Chris Hughton’s 4th signing this summer.

As expected,  the 23-year-old was left out of Marseille’s squad to face Valenciennes today, following his refusal to train and has apparently requested to at least be able to talk to the Newcastle club.

His agent Frederic Guerra said:

‘”Hatem will go to Newcastle. The relations between him and Deschamps have reached the point of no return. “

“All we want is for the Marseille directors to step back a bit and engineer the way to let him go there. Back in July Deschamps told us to find a new club and we have done it.”

Here is one of the photos presumably showing Ben Arfa at Newcastle airport today,  and we have no idea if this is a genuine photograph of the lad or a made up one – using any one of several top class photo software packages now available on the market and for free.

But if this lads does sign for the Newcastle club on a one year loan deal,  it shows again the attraction of the Newcastle club to players, since the 23 year-old has turned down at least four clubs in favor of Newcastle and playing in the Premier League.

But we still don’t know if the deal will be done, but as we reported this morning, it’s always very very difficult to keep a dissatisfied player at any club.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #1

    A bit late, Ed!

    Still excited, though! 😀

  • miloflembo

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #2

    I think this could be a massive coup! If He manages to keep playing to a high standard! A creative player is what I have been asking for, for the past 3-4 years! this could be the signing to propel us to definite mid table! lets just hope it all goes well and he keeps his temper under wraps at least for this season! Would you call this a marquee Signing?

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I was gonna say, Thump!

    If we get him and a LB-cum-CB I would be over the
    moon 😀

    Also is Guillermo Franco any good, cos I thought he was but West Ham released him and nobodies taken him so…

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Franco is pretty mediocre if I’m honest. He’s 33 (34 now?) and reached his peak while at… Monterry? (can’t remember the clubs name lol)

    Could use some experience up front, though. Shola is our most experienced striker and while I don’t hate the bloke, he’s hardly the example to follow.

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #5

    According to wiki it’s “Monterrey”.

    Only a letter out, dammit!

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #6

    M’aaah, close enough

  • Parky

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Hate to say it, but that photo looks edited to me 🙁

  • Parky

    Aug 14, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Having said that, he could still be in Newcastle regardless.

  • howay man

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #9

    peter whittingham would fit the ill with cardiff having money problems

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #10

    lets say he signs 2moro, would he then be able to play against United ?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #11

    because obviously he is fit as he played for france on wednesday

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #12

    btw Ed – as somebody who dabbles in graphic design here and there (I’m a web designer, after all) the probability of somebody producing a job of that standard is so low it’s negligible.

    1. Blur.

    The blur on the image is consistent throughout which is outstandingly difficult to reproduce when dealing with multiple layers.

    2. Lighting.

    Lighting is also consistent. Light source is hidden in the image which makes life more difficult.

    Now for the negatives…

    1. Warp.

    The warping is very strange… I don’t know of any camera that can reproduce that. There are lenses that could happily reproduce it, but it’s doubtful that some random snapper who happens to be at NCL airport with a (good) camera with the necessary lens who just so happens to have it on a strange setting AND doesn’t manage to compensate for the blur? Seems like one too many coincidences.


    Look at the shadows projected by the windows – specifically the ones that should fall behind HBA. Notice how HBA seems to have a transparent glow around him that seems to effect only the shadows? Pretty amateur mistake… but again can be explained away with blurring.

    Let me explain that last one.

    Let’s assume the picture is NOT flipped (for perspectives sake). If HBA moved to the right of the screen when the picture was taken, it could cause a similar distortion that you can clearly see in the image.

    3. 2D

    Notice how flat HBA looks against the background? Another typical problem with editing is exactly that – flattening. This image has it pretty severely but can again be explained away with blurring.

    All in all, the evidence is in favour of it being real and not an edited image. The major factor is the blurring which can be explained away or can equally destroy the image. That’s something you can’t really tell unless you have an HD image and/or you’re an image professional.

    Also, SSN is reporting it – do you think they would report it if they didn’t believe it? Along with that you have our very own craigcoozy (who has never been wrong to date) saying that a Frenchman was at an NUFC affiliated hotel under HBA’s legal team’s names… can you honestly refute that?

    Evidence is definitely in favour.

    Deep breath, Thump. Deep breath.

  • howay man

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #13

    yes he would

  • stuart no9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #14

    if ben arfa does sign, all we will need then is a striker, someone clinical in the box, weve got the target men,just a good old fashioned moocher,with a good first touch and a decent shot,strikers neednt be great footballers,but just a canny knack of right place right time,we wont be world beaters, but a bit more confident on survival, who knows where there s a moocher going cheap ?

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #15

    @Cockney Magpie: If he signs tomorrow, all we need is the registration which takes a letter, fax or email. I wouldn’t take a risk and say “yes” but it’s entirely plausible.

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Not “plausible”, “possible”!

    That “Monterrey” thing has done me for the night… this Carling isn’t helping any either.

  • Brutooon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #17

    try finding HBA pic at the net and we wont find this kind of pic.

    this pic looks like from a mobile phone

    blur show the pic taker was so excited of HBA


  • howay man

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #18

    mind you the airport looks empty, in the summer holidays i dont think so. if u were going to fake a picture it would be easy with a clear background

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Then again, could Ben Arfa have afforded a small plane with just the rich and famous, so the airport would be less busy and it was early in the morning I believe

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #20

    @brutoon: I appreciate your positivity, but when you’re trying to determine whether or not the image is fake or not, it’s a stretch. Stick to facts (although I agree with you)!

    @howay man and HTL: It’s August now – people are getting back home to try and settle down for the kids going back to school in a few weeks (and work, where applicable). It isn’t difficult to assume that it was just chance the airport was empty. Even if it was edited the image would still need to be taken of a “naked” airport reclaim point, so y’know…

  • stuart no9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #21

    who says its newcastle, its actually liverpool

  • wickywoowoo

    Aug 14, 2010 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #22

    That guy has all the signs of being an absolutely crackpot nutter. This means he also has the possibility of that crackpot nutter genius about him – they always have one thing they excel at, lol.

    He has the personality of N’Zogbia on steroids but the skill of Ginola…. on steroids.

    We have to get him in for the comedy stories of him and Joey Barton, if nothing else.

  • Dukis22lt

    Aug 14, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #23

    If this in fact is true, i wonder if Chris will be given the money to sign this guy permenantly. A loan for 1 year simply wont do for such a talent.

    Stay classy Newcastle!

  • Aussiedave

    Aug 14, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Would love to see Ben Arfa sign, he will definately give us some much needed creativity. Would anyone else consider resigning Bellamy? I know he didn’t leave under great circumstances, but the guy can still play, he is quick and would work well off Carrol. For me he was in the top 5 players in the league last season.

  • Dukis22lt

    Aug 14, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #25

    yeah, Bellamy would be an ideal Carrols companion, however if not him, we need somebody with simillar qualities. I just dont think mcloven has what it takes

    Stay classy Newcastle!

  • xfer

    Aug 14, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #26

    I would love Bellamy back. Hes the type of ability we need upfront.

  • Thump

    Aug 14, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #27

    I’d love to see Bellamy back, aussiedave but I just can’t see it happening. At least not permanently anyway

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 14, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Fingers crossed. It will mean a big re shuffle

  • ginkoh

    Aug 14, 2010 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #29

    I really don’t know how to expect about Ben Arfa transfer saga. But hopefully we can sign him soon.

  • Sav

    Aug 14, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Who cares about Bellers signing permanently – one season would do.
    As for King Arfa, the lad looks like a hatful of trouble, so while we certainly could do with his skills and pace, I fear we will rue it. Is the ‘players committee’ ie Nolan, Smudger, Harper etc. going to be able to keep in check the Goslings, King Arfas, Carrols, Bartons, Rangers and other assorted miscreants and rogues when the going gets tough and we start pointing fingers across the changing room?
    If Hughton keeps this ship a happy one from now to April, it will be little short of a miracle.

  • baro

    Aug 14, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #31

    The Daily Mail also say that Ben Arfa agent says Hatem Ben Arfa will go to Newcastle.

    I just hope he goes to Newcastle b4 Manchester United game. If he does play for Man U game than I bet he will be on fire, wanting to score on them badly.

  • baro

    Aug 14, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Hopefully lineup b4 Manchester United game.




    Ben Arfa————————————–Jonas


  • Toonmania

    Aug 14, 2010 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Nufc have said they will not talk to Ben Arfa until Marseille have agreed they can speak with the lad, unfortunately this is going to be stalemate and one of thm will have to back down, can’t see Ben backing down though

  • ginkoh

    Aug 14, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #34

    For Manchester I think

    (He will not let Krul to do this job)


    —————————Ben Arfa———————–



    PAce with flair and Power in this team. Keegan will love it. Free-flow attacking style.

  • roe997

    Aug 14, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #35

    im positive,if ben arfa signs.that even his doubters will be pleasently surprized!we should try n sign gai assulin aka the next messi!hes on a free at mo.

  • noir9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #36

    The friction at OM was caused by his bad relationship with deschamp, lack of games & finally being told to find another club. The French are a bloody moody lot who seem to require constant attention & if you add some arab blood you’ve got a fairly volatile combination. Chris’s main strength seems to be man management & he will certainly get games (if he signs, remember remy was at stoke) maybe he could start seeing one of AC lasses just to help him settle.

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #37

    i hope this is true fkin cracking signing it would be.
    now all we need is a finisher and we will do fine in the prem..

  • Ericles

    Aug 14, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #38

    Another weekend of speculation ahead of us methinks. Big game on Monday and the red banner press are going to do everything they can to do us down in the face of the manky U’s.
    I think it quite amusing to see the moronic media trying to play mind games. If Arfa comes it will be down the chimney with soot on his boots! Bellamy will not choose us either. The fat man will not pay his wages for a start. Still think Ashley’s arse squeaks when he walks cos he is that tight! I simply hope we will not end up getting make weights rather than quality additions. Howay the lads and a bold and artful win on Monday. A win the club needs, the fans need, and indeed the Premier itself needs.

  • matty monk

    Aug 14, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #39

    My friends dad took this photo on his return from work in france yesterday, i can guarantee its genuine. He has no idea about phones and photo editing software. One of the lads emailed it to Biffa last night, cracking signing if it comes off

  • a.l 9

    Aug 14, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #40

    Yeah if we pull this off then all we need is a striker through the door and we have a pretty decent looking side on paper.


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