The 23-year-old Ben Arfa has finally arrived at Newcastle, and he talked this morning about the saga to get him here, and we are surprised at just how much he had set his heart on playing for the famous Newcastle United football club.
Ben Arfa – got his wish – signed for Newcastle
This is what Ben Arfa told the Newcastle Journal today:
“Newcastle was always my first choice and everything that has happened over the summer was because I wanted to come here so much,”
“I did not care about anything else.”“Newcastle have a history and a strong identity. There are so many positives about coming here. There are a lot of good players and they try to get the ball down and play good football.”
“I am pleased to be playing in one of the biggest leagues in Europe, which is lively and has some great teams.”
“I have always noticed how much people like football here and you could see that at Wolverhampton at the weekend. In France, there is only one team with a great atmosphere and that is Marseilles; in England it’s every game.”
“I’m starting from scratch in a different country. I have a new country to conquer and it’s a great challenge.”
Ben Arfa has been criticized for the way in which he tried to force Marseilles to accept Newcastle’s loan offer, after falling out with manager Didier Deschamps, and most of the other Marseilles officials it seemed.
But on the other hand the French club seemed to renege on their promise to let him move to another club, and had even asked him to go look for a new club over the summer.
The Newcastle deal had seemed to have ended as he was strongly linked to German club Werder Bremen, but rather amazingly a compromise was reached, and the French youngster got his wish, with a permanent move being on the cards if he plays 25 games this season.
Ben Arfa continued:
“I had no other choice. In my head, my time at Marseille was already over. I didn’t think I had done something stupid, people did not understand what I was going through.”
“Much has been said about me, but I was serious. I wouldn’t have played for a year. It was a tough decision, but I would have spent a year without playing.” “I’m not a kid, I’m 23. The decisions come from me and only me. I was not manipulated by anyone.”
“It was very hard psychologically. I considered stopping playing football. It made me feel awful, but thankfully it has ended well. For 15 days I didn’t know what would happen, there was a lot of stress, but the experience will make me stronger.”
Well those are good words because what they say about tough experiences in life – if they don’t kill you they will make you stronger – is true.
But now Ben Arfa is not as fit as he could have been and may have to wait to make his Newcastle debut, as he tries to get back to full fitness before the Blackpool game a week come Saturday.
The former Lyon star hopes that his move to England will see him regain his place in the French national squad, after he was left out of this week’s European Championship qualifiers by new manager Laurent Blanc.
Ben Arfa continued:
“I probably missed out on the squad because of this saga. It is up to me to return with my performances.”
“The goal is to resume in October for the games against Romania and Luxembourg. I hope to play my first game for Newcastle in two weeks’ time.”
We look forward to this lad settling down at Newcastle, and becoming a creative force for the Newcastle club on the football pitch.
He will certainly get the support he needs at the Newcastle club, and the fans will no doubt just love him for the way he seems to already know so much about the Newcastle United club.
He’s a terrific singing for Newcastle.