We all knew back in August that Hatem Ben Arfa, the French International midfielder, wanted to come to play for Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa – looks great in that black and white strip
So much so that he left Marseilles, and flew into Newcastle airport, with his agent, to try to force the loan move through.
And at the time, one of our readers sent us a photograph of him, presumably at Newcastle Airport, and we didn’t believe it, but the photo turned out to be valid and authentic.
Remember this photograph?
Ben Arfa at Newcastle Airport – last August
Newcastle fans probably knew then that this boy was something special right then.
And he’s turned out to be just that, although he has only appeared for Newcastle four times so far, but still managed to score a magnificent goal to get all three points at Everton.
That was before Dutchman, Nigel De Jong, broke his left leg in a couple of places at Eastlands, on Sunday, October 3rd last year.
And that was just after 4 minutes into that game, which Newcastle unluckily lost 2-1.
Hatem is just dying to play again for Newcastle, but his doctors have cautioned him not to rush his recovery.
Of course since the Frenchman was badly injured he has since signed permanent terms for the Newcastle club, to the absolute delight of Geordie fans, and he will be at the club until the summer of 2015.
Ben Arfa is now undergoing extensive rehabilitation at France’s famous Clairefontaine Academy, just south of Paris, which is equipped with the very latest in physical rehabilitation equipment and techniques.
This is what Ben Arfa said today:
“I have a mad desire to play football again,” “But the doctors told me I should not rush it. We must be rigorous in this regard.”
“The closeness of my family in the Paris region has made me decide to recover at Clairefontaine.” ” Things are going well so far.”
We look forward to Ben Arfa returning to the Newcastle area soon, and see him start training with the rest of the lads, but it’s absolutely right that he not rush himself back.
If he’s playing a month or two before the end of the season, that would be just fine, but maybe we’ll get another stupendous goal from the 23 year-old, before the end of the season – that would be nice.
How does he hit the ball that hard? Beautiful technique is the answer – what a player this lad is!