Ben Arfa Situation Moving Closer To A Positive Conclusion


We had mentioned in our report this morning on the Ben Arfa situation that we hoped that common sense would prevail.

Ben Arfa – only wants to play for Newcastle

And by the comments today of Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier, that may indeed be the case, as he has said he remains open to talks with the 23 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa.

There is a current impasse that exists between the France international and the current French champions, after they dramatically rejected his plea for a move to St James’ Park this summer last week .

That was after the player was told to find a new club only a couple of months ago – which he has done – and that club is Newcastle United.

Ben Arfa has also refused to train over the last few days with the French club, and was not in the squad that was defeated yesterday at Valenciennes, and he has said he wants to join Newcastle and play for them in the Premier League this coming season.

Marseilles President Dassier is now willing to talk to the 23 year-old and we hope that can happen first thing tomorrow morning.

This is what Dassier told French radio station RTL this afternoon:

“We cannot accept Hatem Ben Arfa’s attitude,” . “A professional player must honor his contract.”

“That said, I don’t want to be the man who ruins Ben Arfa’s career.” “Let’s try to talk and see if we can find a solution.”

We still think there will be an amicable settlement of this issue, and it will end sooner rather than later, with the player signing on a season-long loan deal at Newcastle – of that we are very confident.

There have been mistakes made on both sides, by both the Marseilles club and by the youngster himself, but no good at all is done by keeping this situation in deadlock, and we would hope the impasse will be broken, and  as soon as tomorrow.

What do you think will happen with this situation?

Comments are always welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Bad news for us I think.

    I said before the Marseilles President is now clearly sucking up to Ben Arfa in the hope that he’ll stay that way.

    He tried an autocratic type approach, but has now gone for a paternalistic view.

    If Ben Arfa has brain cell, I’m sure he’ll reject going back

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  • Mags

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Everything crossed Ed that he joins us.

    However, I am not too sure whether he will be prepared to talk with OM, he seems a headstrong young guy and they have well and truly upset him.

    We are crying out for the calibre of Hatem and it seems ages since we had players of that talent in our side.

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  • lewman

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #3

    we should make an offer of 5 million euros as i have a feeling they would be forced to accept it due to the current situation that they are in with the player.

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  • baro

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #4
  • BlacknWhiteBlood

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #5

    But the sounds of it is that he’s made his mind up that he wants to join us and thats that, once ya minds made up its made up

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  • StuW

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Hope he joins us, we need someone with his flair and ability(also potential). Won’t play for OM again, that’s certain, I just hope the OM president just sees sense and lets him go. He is certainly a top player, and the fact he wants to join our team is always good, it means he will come(if he does), and will give 100%.

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  • JonathonGutierrez

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s ours, its good news not bad news. He’s not gonna change his mind cause his manager is being an arse lick…

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  • Dukis22lt

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #8

    I just want him in Toon playing games ASAP, i havent been so excited bout a player joining us for a while, hes still young, still developing and looks to be a full France International as of now.

    I remember Arsenal were after him some time ago, and if Wenger saw something in him, he will surely do for us.

    Lets just finish this Baywatch long lasting saga quick, coz we still need a pacey striker, somebody for never replaced Martins in fact!

    Stay classy Newcastle!

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  • BlacknWhiteBlood

    Aug 16, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #9

    it has me excited too, he’s a brilliant player who’s not scared to take risks. he’s the sort of player that could make our season. Everybody is expecting us to struggle but players like him can change everything. he might not score loads of goals but he’s got the talent to get in behind and create. i’m just worried about our defence, especially right back. Simpsons out injured, Perch only looks confortable in the centre, ryan taylor isnt even a defender, and when he plays there he struggles, thats one thing i’m worried about. The other is in the striking department, we need someone to partner Carroll, someone who’s known for scoring goals even if he’s old and could only play one more season. Carroll’s going to feel all the pressure and it could take affect badly with him being young and unproven in the prem.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 16, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #10

    im sure ryan taylor says his best position is right back, but everytime hes been ther he just looks so out of place and uncomfortable, i honestly think carroll will do a good job for us tbh i know he wont get the goals he did last season but if he can bring others into play like he does well we’l do well and a think he will score a few just not the 18 or 19 he got last year

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  • Ericles

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope today is the day when we can move to have Arfa at NUFC. I note what has been ascribed to him about his attitude though. Well – if the lad wants to play for us that mush we must give him as much support as we can in the situation as it is.

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  • noir9

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #12

    They are going to have to resolve this situation somehow & this is probably just the start of a that process. Suppose there is always a chance OM could convince Afra to change his mind but with all thats gone on it looks unlikely. The easiest way to sort this would be for us to stump up the cash & buy him, although its possible if we do that we might have nothing left to sign anybody else unless a certain other person changes his mind & releases extra funds.

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  • hadthetshirt

    Aug 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    How can we bid 6 million for Ben Arfa or 4 million for the bouncer,we haven’t got it.That’s why we were going for loan deal on Ben Arfa.The days of us spending money are long gone and never to return under the cockney geeza.As for the signings that Hughton has made none of them fill me with joy.I’m sorry to burst the bubble but I do not think the guy is as good as some of you think.Tactically he is lacking not too mention some very ordinary signings.I haven’t seen much of Gosling but the others like Perch+Best just do not look premier league quality.One thing for certain is if we don’t get players in then I’m afraid it’s going to be a long hard struggle.As we lack quality.

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