Let’s Hope Common Sense Finally Reigns In Ben Arfa Saga


Newcastle target Hatem Ben Arfa has talked to the French Daily L’Equipe, and said he will not play again for Olympique Marseille, as he tries to force through a move to Newcastle United.

Hatem Ben Arfa – currently in Newcastle

The France international has refused to train with his club since returning from International duty last Thursday, and travelled to Newcastle on Friday afternoon, where he was spotted and photographed at Newcastle Airport, and is currently holed up at a Newcastle hotel with his representatives.

He wants to be able to talk things over with the Newcastle club, but no agreement has yet been reached between the two clubs for a season long loan deal.

The Marseilles officials say they will pick up the muddled situation again tomorrow morning, to see if something can be worked out,  but there is a huge chasm between the Marseilles position and that of the player and his  representatives.

Newcastle have wisely kept a diplomatic silence in all of this, and will not be drawn into a public slanging match – despite some conflicting statement coming from the Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier last week.

But Ben Arfa told L’Equipe:

“I will not return to La Commanderie (OM’s training ground). It’s over. I am ready to not play this season. I have my pride, my dignity.”

“I am not a stop-gap. Over time, people will see that I was right. Just because we are paid does not mean we are slaves.”

The 23-year-old played for France last Wednesday evening, in new manager Laurent Blanc’s France squad, and scored a terrific long-range goal within minutes of his introduction at half-time against Norway.

Where this saga goes now we have no idea, but it’s hard for a club to keep a dissatisfied player, and we would expect common sense to reign in the end.

What needs to happen is for the two clubs, Marseilles and Newcastle, to agree to a deal, and then Ben Arfa can be signed and maybe even be available for the home game against Aston Villa next weekend.

That’s what we will be hoping for, after there has been a  few days for all parties to calm down a little, and for Ben Arfa to to have enjoyed some black pudding,  stottie cake  and other local cuisine on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.



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117 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle United Moustache Challenge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD_4kW0_d7o

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  • Gordo

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope we get him he would be a good addition to the squad and give us some quality.

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  • Robin_S

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #3

    I think you’ll find he’s back in France now Edd.

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #4

    why? what? where? when? who said? God i’m bored of this shite, someone please just let me know when he’s signed or not as the case maybe.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    If the sponsored boot were on the other foot would be be happy if Big Andy or Joey ‘the fink’ Barton started flying off to whore up to a new club while still under contract to us.

    No-one had a good word for Xisco and all he was trying to do was get out of a mad-house and play some football.

    This could end up being real expensive for somebody, and no guesses who will probably pick up the tab. Walk away now, CH, seek guidance from the PFA and FIFA, and FFS stop behaving like a teenager on a first date.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    robin_s

    He is still in newcastle and isnt going back till tomw evening apparently.

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  • BadgerToon

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I can’t see us getting him to be honest,if he was worth the 6 million, I think C.H would have begged Fat Mike for it by now.

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  • Martins09

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8

    he will be in the old trafford stands tommorow night watching the match a newcastle player !!!!

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  • altern8tif

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Hmmm actually doesn’t Ben Arfa look like the dude who starred in the movie featuring Newcastle FC?

    Can’t remember what his name was…

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  • magpie9

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #10

    he really does have a bad attitude about him but hopefully if we reach an agreement with marseilles chris can help improve on that

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #11

    altern8tif
    Santiago Muñez

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #12

    martins09 i like your optimism mate, ashley tends to go out of his way to sign players if he thinks he can make money off them, like gosling. So i think if we get him it might be perm now, he knows with gosling if it doesnt work out he can flog him for 4m or so, and there is no way anichebe will be coming to newcastle, everton wouldnt sell him to us after the gosling saga

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #13

    altern8tif // Aug 15, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Hmmm actually doesn’t Ben Arfa look like the dude who starred in the movie featuring Newcastle FC?

    Can’t remember what his name was…

    wasnt it kuno becker, it was that goal movie wasnt it??
    http://www.starpulse.com/Actors/Becker,_Kuno/

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #14

    A reminder of why we are after this kid
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khiuU3f5K4Q&feature=related
    How many players in the PL could do that aganist OM who are a decent team believe it or not !

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    apparently sunderland have made a move for shay given 🙁

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  • Martins09

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Shay Given would never play for Sunderland.. he would never do that to us.. unlike Titus Shambles

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #17

    beefy@5
    if the club had told andy or joey that there was no place for him on tyneside and you can find another club (as OM have) i’d be fine with any “whoring” that ensued.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Given would, he’s a cont

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  • rknufc

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #19

    any1 know if xisco will be on the bench 2moro??

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #20

    rknufc, i would say he probably would be, we dont have many options with the injuries we have, i would like to see vuckic get 20-30 mins playing where nolan normally does off carroll

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  • rknufc

    Aug 15, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #21

    http://www.premierleague.com/page/LiveScoreCenter/0,,12306,00.html just thought id show u this score centre lads, it says who got the assist, shows where the shot was taken from and where the ball went into the net

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  • eltoro

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t know how we fill a bench at the moment –

    Krul,Perch, Ferguson,Smith,Lovenkrands,Ameobi, Ranger

    Would be my guess.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    eltoro, I’d guess something like this:

    Harper
    Raylor, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose
    Routledge, Guthrie, Barton, Gutierrez
    Carroll, Nolan

    Krul, Perch, Kadar, Smith, Vuckic, Ameobi, Lovenkrands

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #24

    i have a homework assignment for all of this weekend. watch these two videos and…
    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CJZEvDBNzM&feature=fvw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ins5eONPopI&feature=related

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  • eltoro

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    If Kadar’s fit definitely have him on the bench.

    I’m not sure whether Hughton will go for Raylor or Perch. I think it might be best picking Raylor for his crossing and freekicks – and the fact a bad performance for Perch might be damaging to his confidence – and the fans’ confidence in him (some have been criticising him after the friendlies).

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  • Suthey

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Cant wait for tomorrow :D, My Team for tomorrow

    Harper
    Perch,williamson,Colo,Joseee
    Routlege Nolan Barton Guthrie Jonas
    Big Andy

    Wouldnt suprise me if we are very hard to break down tomorrow and Man U beat us by one or two goals, Really looking forwad to this season would love to think we could maybe finish 15th, might be a bit hopefull but sooooooooo 🙂

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #27

    @suthey that would also be my team having Nolan playing just behind Carroll

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Did anyone see that cole challenge? I guarantee that koscielny has done his ligaments, I hope he hasn’t. Poor old Joe, he was trying far to hard

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #29

    I think this is also a decent line up, with guthrie tucking in from the right side, but i think nolan will play off carroll, and kadar is already ruled out

    ————————–harper

    r.taylor——-collocini——-williamson—enrique

    ————–barton—————nolan

    guthrie—————————————–jonas

    ———————routledge
    ————————————carroll

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #30

    manure take the lead around the 25th min.
    Mcloven comes in for guthrie in the 60th minute and hoots takes the shackles off. Raylor comes in for perch in the 70th. Magpies win 2-1. Carroll set peice header and mcloven on the break. Tuesday morning players start lining up to join the toon. 😉
    i maybe crazy but it’s all because of you!!!
    Toon Toon… TOON ARMY!!!
    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

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  • Martins09

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Geordie-Gerrard7 are you mad??? you can see koscielny faked that injury just to get Cole sent off… absolute disgrace there was no intent in the tackle at all he was goin for the ball

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  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Faked it my arse. His leg was completely crushed. Although I think he’s a good player, that was definitely a sending off

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #33

    j.cole was going for the ball, it was just a full blooded tackle, joe cole isnt a dirty player at all, first time he has ever been sent off, the angle the ref was looking from wont have helped joe though, there was no intent, i think it was just a yellow myself

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  • Suthey

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Sadley these days that was a sending off, but personally a wish football was a little bit more understanding of a very hard working player going to try and block a clearence, only my opinion.

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  • Suthey

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Yeah cockney mag….. totally agree, when we have the ball nolan should be just off carrol putting preasure on defenders with his strength and bothering them with his movement and when man u have the ball which they should do being at hom and being the posetion team they alwasy are i would drop nolan in to a three man centre mid, Love Barton at the minute really its the first time we have seen him concistently playin the middle for us and he has look very good looking forwad to seeing him this season he is like a totally new player for the squad

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  • baro

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #36

    We still need 2-3 singings. 1 of them obviously Hatem Ben Arfa to add some creativity to our attacking, than Arevalo Rios as defender, and Craig Bellamy/Yannick Djalo they are what we need.

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  • Suthey

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #37

    A would love to see if neymar goes to chelsea, because a would ask the question about daniel sturidge loan, but a think its a squad we need more that massive signings, this season we will be going after survival and nothing else which is realistic, maybe ben arfa(which in my opinion is one of the weridist situations in football at the minute) Sturridge loan and a LB for cover and a think that squad is more than capable of a 16th place finish

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Very surprised koscielny came back out, martins09’did you manage to get a picture of your Ben arfa signed toon shirt??

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  • baro

    Aug 15, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #39

    GG7

    Well he just went off! LOL! Red card for hand ball

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #40

    What does this say, can someone translate as I’m on my iPhone??

    http://www.chronofoot.com/hatem-ben-arfa/hatem-ben-arfa-seche-le-canal-football-club_art6054.html

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