Hatem Ben Arfa Is A Mature And Cool Guy – Fact!

Alan Pardew seems to have convinced himself this season, that Hatem Ben Arfa may need special handling if he is to be kept happy on Tyneside.

Ben Arfa – already matured on Tyneside

Ben Arfa is not in the first team at the moment, but  he is still coming back from his nightmare double leg break he suffered at Manchester City just over a year ago.

But Gabriel Obertan, who has given some good interviews in the Sunday Sun today, thinks the French International is not only one of France’s most talented players, but he has also grown up a lot, while recovering from his double fracture of the left leg.

Ben Arfa has been trouble at his two previous  clubs, Lyon and Marseilles, but that’s no reason to think he will be trouble on Tyneside.

Here is a top International who just wanted to come and play for a famous club – Newcastle United – and those are his words, not mine.

This is what Gabriel  said today about the mercurial Frenchman:

“I have always known about Hatem as a footballer.” “I think everyone in France knows Hatem because he is one of the most talented French footballers.”

“We used to play against each other in France and we both went to Clairefontaine, the Academy, together too.” “I knew a lot about him – not the person, the player.”

“I knew of his quality and it has not surprised me to see what he can do.” “As a person I think he has grown up because of his injury.”

“When you have serious injuries like he has had, you think about football and life in general too,” “As a person he is cool with team-mates and the rest of the dressing room.”

“He is a cool guy, I’m happy that he is in my team when you see what he can do.”

It’s very true that when you have serious injuries or a serious illness,  you tend to think more about life, and it makes you grow as a person, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if that’s happened to Ben Arfa.

The 24 year-old would have had to go through many frustrations with his very serious injury, which could have ended his career,  and from what we can tell, the youngster handled it all extremely well, and also kept up a positive attitude about things.

But we also don’t expect the French schemer to be trouble on Tyneside, because he’s now at a club who he wanted to play for, and he is already idolized by the Geordie fans, the best in the land.

What more could the 24 year old want?

And to think Newcastle are 4th in the league, and we haven’t even unleashed Ben Arfa on the opposition yet – that cannot be bad. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    cant wait to see HBA get some real game time hope he gets unleased against the spuds

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    agreed and

    Blast from the past 2


    I lost my voice on this game…. Tears to me eyes …

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3
  • connor_nufc

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    “the leaders of the premiership are infront again” haha. love it

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    exactly connor….. leaders of the premiership…man o man…I pray for those words again…

  • Burni

    Oct 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Gorgonzola….. Cheers bud!!! That has made my day so much!!!


    Oct 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Kalou and Olson would be very good additions in Jan..

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    As you have pointed out Ed when something happens that threatens your perceived future it has a habit of making you reassess that perceived future.

    In HBA’s case maybe he has seen just how tenuous a sportsmans future really is and had had plenty of time to reflect on it.

    Hopefully he has realised that spitting the dummy out of the pram is not the way to go, but getting the head down and working hard at developing your craft is.

    I must admit to getting a little impatient now and want to see him back on the park showcasing his skills, I really do think we are developing a team that can give some serious entertainment along with positive results.

  • mark9403newcastle

    Oct 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    definitely not a fact, iv seen HBA round osbourne road in jesmond many a time and have always seen him chatting up girls and acting the big shot, cool probably, mature definitely not, talented…..immensely!!!!


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