Ben Arfa’s Mad Desire To Play Football Again

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!

Comments welcome.

122 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Jan 25, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t come fast enough.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 25, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #2


  • Sinner

    Jan 25, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully,he wont be rushing with that type of injury. 😉

  • MJLiddell

    Jan 25, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m going to the man city v Newcastle reserves game tomorrow night.
    do you rekon ben arfa or any other ‘big’ players will be in the squad?

  • DeeJay

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Ben Arfa, erm no chance. The first team are out of the country, so not much chance of seeing any big names…

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #6

    No big named players are in the squad, all pulled out due to injury.

    Today I went into my town and bought the White shirt with Ben arfa 37 on the back, I already had the black and White Carroll 9 and the blue Joey 7 on the back, so I had to get an HBA shirt

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I meant pulled out to to injurys to everyone else.

  • ganiyu

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    everyones forgotten about spiderman………….

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #9

    UBZ 0-2 AUS

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #10

    ganiyu…..have you forgotten about your plasmodium vivax?

  • CapeToonian09

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Lets not have a Dan Gosling scenerio

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #14



    Buying a house in Ryton then is he?

  • ochytoon

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle reject bid for Ameobi from Birmingham (SSN)

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Sh!t, should have said. It must have been a hell of an earthquake.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    ochytoon, Ha ha, That’s worse than my joke.

  • ochytoon

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18,19528,11661_6701277,00.html
    GG, I thought it was quite good actually. lol

  • gorskino10

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Ireland lets hope not 🙁

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #20

    UBZ 0-3 AUS . Yessss!

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Even when HBA returns, we probably wont see the best of him untill next season. His confidence will be low and he will have to regain his confidence using his leg again + he’ll need to regain match fitness and form so best not to expect too much of him and then next season we’ll see the real HBA

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #22


    “UBZ 0-3 AUS . Yessss”!


  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #23

    BiffBaffBoff, So I’ll can’t go out till next season?

    Scared of buses and don’t want to miss the real HBA.

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #24

    UBZ 0-4 AUS

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m so undecided. Any advice on which game I should watch tonight?

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Geordie- m watchn afc cup.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    john_cena163, Ah Uzbekistan. Yeah ok. Massive footballing country… !

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #28

    john_cena163, No I meant the English games. so much happening tonight.

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #29

    UBZ 0-5 AUS:-D

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #30

    GG – no not at all, but just dont expect him to set the world alight in his first few games back 😛

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #31


  • GAZ09

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Whats with all the negativity about Ireland? Remember Barton wasn’t exactly welcomed when he signed for us, i think Ireland will be good for us and add more chances and a few more goals to the team.

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordie-i can watch the man u game, I dnt hav espn channel, my setup box is gone for repair.

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #34


  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #35

    That thing with Andy Gray. I find Burton and keys where worse. Gray just seemed to be going along with the banter. Still pleased he’s gone, he didn’t like us. Probably beaten up as a kid in the Spanish City.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #36

    john_cena163, watch online,

    I’d advise you to download Sopcast, Then watch over Fox (best picture) or YES (ok when no fox).
    But there are so many choices that’t it’s nearly always possible to watch a game. When you have your pc connected to TV, even better picture.

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Geordie- tnx mate, but I dnt hav net on ma pc, m useing my 4n.


    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #38

    I Promised readers I would post a reply if I received one in answer to my questions to the FA over the sending of of Chiek Tiote .

    Also We spoke In relation to Nigel De Jong’s Assault on Hatem Ben Arfa

    Here is that reply

    Dear A,

    Thank you for contacting the Football Association.

    At a Regulatory Commission hearing on the 11th of January 2011, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote was rejected.

    As a result, Tiote’s three match suspension will remain in place.

    Tiote was shown a red card during Newcastle’s FA Cup Third Round tie against Stevenage on Saturday 8 January.

    Under FIFA rules, a Regulatory Commission of The FA can only overturn a dismissal if the Commission is satisfied that the referee made a serious and obvious error. The incident in question was not deemed to be a clear and obvious error by the referee and as a result the card and resulting ban cannot be rescinded.

    Best wishes,


    Gary Stonehouse | Customer Relations

    Communications Division

    The FA Group
    Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

    Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ

    T +44 (0) 845 458 1966 | F+44 (0) 844 980 0666 |,

    On another note they also told me that
    Nigel De Jong can still be prosecuted if a Newcastle fan or any individual witnessed the Tackle/Assault on Hatem Ben Arfa at the city of Manchester stadium

    Any one can report it to the police, and the police will then investigate. The FA will comply with any evidence the police ask for

    If you witnessed it then report it and the police and the FA will do the rest.

    That is the only way that the FA can take action now ..And I was told that by an FA official..

    Mr John Stanley.

    Nigel De Jong Is as we all know IS a serial leg breaker and the Assault on Ben Arfa was and is a disgrace .

    De Jong was condemned world wide for it and even His own Dutch team manager banned him from the national team..Here the Idiot referee that day did not see anything wrong !..

    There was video evidence but they declined to use it !

    Please pick up the phone if you were there and seen it ..the Police will do the rest .

  • john_cena163

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Wen I take a net conex Il use this site. Tnx man:-D

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 25, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #40

    wenger has told SSN he wants vela to go to a premier league club ( let shola go and replace him with this chap)
    Nice bit of business IMO


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