Ben Arfa Move To Newcastle In Doubt


Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps has today said that Hatem Ben Arfa’s move to Newcastle United has been thrown into doubt by the double fracture of his lower left leg.

Ben Arfa – Newcastle future now in doubt

A clause had been written into the 23-year-old loan agreement that would have forced a permanent move to Newcastle if he played 25 times for Newcastle this season, but that will not now happen, and he’ll be stuck on 4 appearances for probably at least six months.

Marseilles’ manager Didier Deschamps has already been in touch with Ben Arfa, who had a successful operation on his left leg at Manchester Royal Infirmary on Monday, and is due to be discharged tomorrow.

Didier has said that no decision can now be made on the player’s future until the summer:

“It’s a great pity,” “He’ll need patience, but he’ll be back at his best level. He had just started with Newcastle. Now we’ll have to wait until the end of the season to see what happens.”

“Personally, I sent Hatem a text after his injury. I didn’t call him because I’m not sure if he would have replied.” “There is an option for Newcastle to purchase him bound to a number of matches.”

“He won’t play them, obviously, but we’ll have to see what Newcastle do.” “There would be no problem for me in him returning to Marseilles, but I don’t think it’s too much in his own plans.”

Of course Ben Arfa and Didier Deschamps famously have not got on very well at all since Didier arrived at Marseilles last summer, and there’s little chance he will stay at the French club.

We have to believe that if push comes to shove Newcastle would be able to take him permanently at the end of the season, but they would want to ensure he’s back playing again by then, and that his injury has fully healed.

But the fact that Ben Arfa had his operation in Manchester,  and was not whisked away to some specialist elsewhere, at least suggests the injury was not too complicated, and we have to hope the leg will heal well.

No ligaments seemed to be damaged, and if it was simply a double break he could recover very well in a period of months.  We hope so in any case, for the sake of the youngster, who has become a huge favorite with the Newcastle fans.

But there’s not too much that can be done right now, and we’ll just have to wait until Ben Arfa is playing again – hopefully this season.

But if he does return to play for Newcastle this season, we’ll have to measure the decibels of the roar he will receive when he comes on again at St. James’ Park – that will be heard around the City of Newcastle. 😀

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20 comments so far

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Oct 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1

    wait till he’s back, see what his condition and confidence is then look at purchasing him, £5mil is still a snip for a player of his calibre, I believe Eduardo hasn’t been the same since but was still sold on for around £7mil if i’m right??? SIGN HIM CASHLEY!!!!

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  • Mags

    Oct 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed – with the greatest respect Rubbish. Have you actually been on the Marseille website? If not I suggest you do.

    For a start Deschamps texted Hatem because he knew the kid would not take his call!

    Nowhere on that site is there any talk of him going back to his parent club for recuperation, nor any sympathy at this terrible injury. They do not want him and he does not want them.

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  • Davies

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Yup. That headline’s more than a little sensationalist Ed. The lad’s recuperating on Tyneside and his only thoughts for the future are to get well and play in “black and white” for the “fantastic Newcastle fans”.

    After all we went through to get this lad, I don’t believe for a second that we won’t sign him permanently in the summer. He wants it, we want it.

    I just hope the injury doesn’t have too great an effect on his game. I know Eduardo and Smudge weren’t the same players after breaking bones, but they were both ankle breaks and far more serious. HBA has two, apparently, clean breaks that should take a lot less recovery time.

    There’s been a hell of a hoo har about this, and the match in general, and not just from toon supporters. I should bloody well think so too!!

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  • Pwnanza

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Just hope he comes back the same player, usually after a injury like that players come back a shell of the player they once were, I just hope that he can make a great recovery and build his confidence of holding the ball or taking on defenders.

    All the best Hatem, I hope you the best possible recovery and that you are wearing a Black and White shirt again in the near future.

    Oh and as for De Mong, I hope Karma gets to him before a Toon fan does

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  • Davies

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    I do still love your blog Ed. LOVE IT.

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  • Visten

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    This is a non starter Ed, This lad will be a Newcastle player 100%.

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  • CT

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Pretty sure Benny will stay , if for no other reason than Marseille is a dangerous shit tip city, unlike the Costa Toon Riviera!

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  • normag

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Long time since i’v made a comment on the blog, but what happened to Ben Arfa has made me real upset! Take a look at this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsCaMw0rbSk

    What a coward Henry is. In this vid, in every tackle he goes in with full force and often after players who don’t se him coming. What an awful player. Same of cource goes for De Jong.

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  • lesh

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Well Ed, your article’s very pessimistic – for reasons we all underdtand I’m sure but on the upside, the Chron appears to be painting a much rosier picture!

    Assuming Ben A recovers and we’re still keen to sign him, a thought: I wonder whether the loan deal stipulates 25 Prem starts or does it refer to him appearing in 25 games?

    The latter could take the form of a minute-long appearance at any level for us in 25 different games – thus minmising any risk to him and triggering the automatic deal finalisation.

    Ho hum

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  • Darling27

    Oct 6, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #11

    I just hope the lad fully heals and doesn’t lose any of his pace.

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  • john_cena163

    Oct 6, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Arfa is ours 4 sure. The love we gav him, feel lyk he wl play hea his whole life.

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  • tom tomb

    Oct 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Not the right time to talk about this!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    The clause of us automatically HAVING TO buy him after he plays 25 games, is obviously out of the window.

    But obviously there is a clause in there to say we can still buy him if he doesn’t manage the 25 games (which he now wont), so what’s changed?

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  • chris6033

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #15

    according to SSN, dechamps says we still have first refusal on king arfa.
    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_6431314,00.html

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Mike Ashley will not turn his back on Ben Arfa even if it means putting him on the bench in his wheel chair, Ashley does not turn his back on loyalty, and it was Ashley that wanted Hatem in the first place.

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Dave 1961 – Thats a very sure fired post mate, do you have anything to back it up???

    HBA will be back with us in no time, it shouldn’t take more than 8 weeks for the bones to heal & the plaster cast to come off, then he have physio & fitness traning for about 4 weeks & then another 3-4 weeks of training before he’s back to full fitness 🙂

    Shame its not in time for the return leg with Manc Ali Citey, where revenge can be served up cold 😉

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  • StuW

    Oct 6, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #18

    The way I see it is – Benny doesn’t like Deschamps or Marseille, and therefore will not stay there. He is also being shown overwhelming support at the Toon, and looks like he is enjoying his football. Even at 7 or 8m, he is worth it, and I think even if ManUre of Arsnal come in, I think we could have the upper hand.

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  • Brutooon

    Oct 7, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #19

    sign him, he will play with us for the next 10 years!

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  • munch27

    Oct 7, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    This made me giggle

    Manchester City are planning a transfer swoop on three of their Premier League rivals. City want to sign striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle, midfielder Gareth Bale from Tottenham and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.
    Full Story: caughtoffside.com

    like Andy would sign for them a$$holes.

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