Ben Arfa Loves Playing In England – Still Has International Ambitions

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!!

16 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    reading Between the lines, he is off in the summer, well we still have Raylor, obertan and perch.

    Happy Days

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    IM, Between which lines did you read that? I couldn’t find it.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3


    Can you explain how you have come to that conclusion?

    Seems to ne he is stating that he feels he needs to step it up here at Newcastle to get back into the France squad…

    He also says he loves it in England? Not sure on your logic there mate?

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    does he not say abt international ambition and considring what has gone on so far in the season and pardew’s pechance towards Perch raylor etc. i think he will move on

  • New kingdom United

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Irreplaceable to me if we mean bushiness next season got to hold on tight to this lad. Quite sure his going to finish the season of on a high… i just cant get enough of HBA on the ball. 90 min AP. We still need some pace on the wings , what a dilemma.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Hope AP starts HBA, give him the rest of the season game. On a good day he’ll unlock all sorts of doors for us.

  • LewSpi

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Play him right and stick Fergie on the left.

    For me, Jonas is tired and nowhere near as good as people make out.

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    IM, Pardew is just rewarding (rightly so) Raylor for being steadfast. I could say that reading between the lines you’re saying playing for NUFC rules you out of international football. But you can’t be saying that…

    … Can you?

  • alex84

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Give him the rest of the season to start and go for it, He is on his day by far the best player we have…there are other parts where he talks about improving his game, one being drifting out of games…which is a good sign.

  • martoon

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    He definitely deserves a start but as many people were saying yesterday, against Arsenal, possibly as part of a 5 man midfield.

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    No it does not, but i think pardew’s management style will stifle him and he will leave.

    I dont want that to happen, i cd be wrong, have been before

  • Tsunki

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Indian – haven’t we all been wrong at some time? Don’t know why you think HBA will leave he’s not even in the shop window is he? Unless he has a massive finish he stays one more year definite. The team will also change in the summer you watch.

  • Moncur

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13


    I think your saying that more out of fear than reason.

    I dont think he will leave, Raylor (unitl now) has deserbed to be in the starting 11. However he was poor against Sunderland and deserves to be dropped imo.#

    Like the lads are saying I agree, the summer will see investment, and BenArfa will feature alot more next year. If anything his lack of game time this season will help him to stay as hes under the radar so to speak, Im more worried about Ba tbh.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Interesting Interview:

    Cabaye asks him a question as does Giles Grimandi: Interesting what he says about the muscle mass in his left leg (his better foot), seems hes still not 100% but almost there. Dont doubt Pardew guys, he sees HBA more than any of us and knows whats best. You only have to listen to him at the weekend, He knows exactly how special HBA is.

  • IITianToon

    Mar 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Benny was sublime against Sunderland. He should definitely start in a 5-man midfield against Arsenal, will take defensive responsibilities off his shoulder a bit.

    @Indian Magpie please dont take it in the wrong way but Aap chutiye hai

  • Constanstine

    Mar 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #16

    He won’t be leaving. With his current performance, I don’t see him moving to a bigger club.


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