Hatem Ben Arfa has never been called up for the full French squad since he signed for Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa – loves playing in England
That’s not surprising because last season was a washout with his double leg fracture, and this season he has been in and out of the Newcastle first team, having made only 19 appearances for the Magpies, but he still has three goals and three assists for the club.
Ben Arfa had a long interview yesterday with France Football and we published some of it yesterday, and here is some more, where he says he loves playing football in England and he still has International ambitions for France:
“I have no desire to leave England,” “They play real football here with passion and the fans are great.”
“I have already played at Milan, Madrid and Barcelona, but it is in England that I feel the best when I am on the pitch.”
“I was disappointed not to be called into the French team for the friendly with Germany last week.” “I miss Les Bleus but I think it is fair because I haven’t played a lot at Newcastle.
“I will keep faith for the Euros. It doesn’t appear to be impossible for me. I just need to step things up a bit with Newcastle before the end of the season.”
Those are good comments from the 24 year-old, who is undoubtedly a special player in the game, and certainly is revered by fans at Newcastle, who just love the lad.
Ben Arfa has shown good form this season for Newcastle at times, and we’ll need him near the top of his form in the last 11 games of the season, as Newcastle seek to maintain their high position in the Premier League table.
It seems Alan Pardew thinks he is best out on the right wing, and it’s very possible he will start there next Monday night at the Emirates against an in-form Arsenal side.
The French International worked his socks off for Newcastle in the second half last Sunday for Newcastle, and that will be needed if he is to lock down the right wing spot at the club.
Even if Ben Arfa doesn’t start the game next Monday, he will get a good run out in the second half.
Ben Arfa and Newcastle still have a big job to do in these last 11 games of the season, and their form in that second half last Sunday was extremely encouraging for the Geordie fans.
And we also need to point out even though his season must Havel been frustrating for him, his attitude at Newcastle has been first class.
Howay The Lads!!