Ben Arfa To Get Better As He Starts To Understand Football


Hatem Ben Arfa has been training at France’s top Football Academy Clairefontaine for many years now.

Ben Arfa – in action for France recently

And indeed he completed most of his rehabilitation from the double fracture of his left leg there, from October of 2010 through April of the next year, before rejoining Newcastle.

The mercurial player, who has been gracing Newcastle’s right wing this year, has been discussed by his former coach Claude Dussault at Clairefontaine, on RMC Radio today:

“Before arriving at Clairefontaine, Ben Arfa was already known throughout the Parisian football scene. He was making the headlines. He was younger than the others, he wasn’t the best, but he definitely had the technical qualities of a good left-footed player.” 

“He worked and analysed his technique and his speed. He is one of the most talented players that has ever come out Clairefontaine. He is the Nicolas Anelka type.” 

“But he only uses 75% of his potential. He has just begun to understand football, which is also defensive and collective. At Clairefontaine, he could do more in tiring his opponent and recovering the ball, as he is starting to do now.”

Huge credit must go to Alan Pardew and the training staff at Newcastle for making this genius – a hard working genius.

And by his own admission, Ben Arfa has finally got that it’s a team game, and he must play for the team and not just himself, which was the case when he played at Lyon and Marseilles.

Newcastle fans will be very willing to see Ben Arfa improve even more in the next few seasons on Tyneside, as he reaches his full potential as a footballer.

Certainly from what we’ve seen already this year, it boggles the mind, if that’s only 75% of this lad’s potential.

But we also have a sneaking suspicion that Claude Dussault may be right in what he says.

Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Heard a few good things about Jong Il-Gwan but not too much.

    @gt89….not sure the merchandising will be successful with him though. A big market in South Korea…with all the tight government control in North Korea they probably wont here about him unless he is doing well.

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  • pardew no 1

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #2

    i bet next season he will go to real Madrid for 35 million

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #3
  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #4

    @WWYCD
    Surely a development player as u say, imagine tho, if it is indeed true, and if he really is a proper talent.
    A north korean striker star?
    Selling shirts much?

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  • Sir Asian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Great article title I must say!

    Watched the French tonight, looked impressive but again were up against poor opposition.. Though going forward they do look brilliant. Keep Ribery fit and they’ve got a chance of going all the way. Can see them beating England on monday for sure..

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    @jakesome
    It’s stretched over the Asian market mate, not limited to North Korea at all.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #7

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dq58v4obog

    he scores all 3 of Koreas goals against Australia in this vid

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Dannyo

    I’m with jakesome on this one….can’t see many shirt sales coming from his signing.

    Noth koreans wont be able to afford it and most wont be able to see games.

    Also South koreans might also be popular in other asian countries but north korea is an unpopular country so can’t see much merchandising coming from this.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #9

    @rich
    Weather it’ll sell shirts on not, the important thing is that we may have a good striker prospect on our hands.

    Time will tell.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Dannyo
    Haha tbh I dont care that much about selling shirts, we sell a hell of a lot anyway and doesnt seem to get us all that much, but getting the brand out into the Asian market and if we signed this lad it would state that we are out their scouting for talent could get us more than a few more black and white shirts wandering around imo

    I fear the SportsDirect Asian expansion plan is being set to be announced though…

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh yeh, I think in football terms if he is good enough get him in.

    Even though we might not make much money off him that is not really important. We dont sign players to sell shirts, just to improve the team.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #12

    @WWYCD
    Well, tbh, it’s not a bad idea, and if MA gets more money in his pocket, then maybe he’ll be more lenient with the cash 😛

    It seems the press is picking up everything we do in Europe atm, so we have to go all the way to North Korea to get away 😛

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #13

    @dannyo

    would our scouts even be allowed in north korea? and even if they were….which one volunteered to go haha

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  • tonynufc

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #14

    @rich_toon. Graham carr has been scouting him since september apperently

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Dannyo can U see someone from s Korea buying a n koreans shirt or indeed any other Asian domocracy without already being a toon fan

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Dannyo
    Haha I doubt much would get MA to be more lenient with his money not quite his style I feel 😉

    I pity Graham Carr these days his holidays must be very stressful as he is sitting on a Spainish beach with 10 PL scouts hiding in bushes 20 feet away just making sure he doesnt find another player

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry lads im on a 4 hour coach ride and just a bit grouchy

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #18

    @Jakesome
    I dunno mate, but usually, when someone from the west becomes somewhat famous in the east, there’s a real fuss about it. THat’s just the genereal conceus.
    I’m sure this could be analyzed to death, but i won’t bother checking atm 😛

    Let’s just say that hopefully, if it happens, he’s not a dud, and he can develope into a proper player.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #19

    @jakesome
    That west east thing should be opposite…

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Was trying to get into a Korean war argument. Really interesting conflict where 700 lads for the Scotts held off tens of thousands of Chinese and n Korean troops for days

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Work permit?

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Beattie now hat could be a bich. Where does he play now?

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #23

    @WWYCD
    But who leaks all these stories? Must be bloody annyoing. We should just say we’re in talks with that, that and that player, then go completely oposite.
    Something must be done, cause i fear we will never sign a player under the table again.
    And if we want the right players, then sometimes we need to approach them without anyone knowing.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyway lads am off have a good night

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Dannyo
    Fair point mate and I think this summer will tell if our clock and dagger style will hold up under the pressure tough times ahead if it doesnt imo

    Might be surprised come September though 😉 anyway have a good un mate

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #26

    There’s a clock and dagger style? I swear i thought it was cloak and dagger…

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  • hotdog

    Jun 5, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #27

    If I throw a name into the hat as a transfer target, will I get endless pointless replies!

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #28

    I think he plays in the north Korean league. (that’s what Wiki says).

    American players have difficulty getting permits so N. Koreans have got no chance.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #29

    No you won’t hotdog because nobody likes a smart arse

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #30

    By the way end your questions with a ? And not a !

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  • hotdog

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Beattie – gotta say I like a smart arse, female ass just to clarify 🙂

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  • Sir Asian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Didn’t the mackems recently sign a young korean? They managed a permit…

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  • hotdog

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Beattie – You are correct to pick me up on my poor grammar, I do apologise!!??? Knob

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #34

    @32 id put money on him being s Korean. Up until the death of the dictator ordinary people couldn’t leave the country

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  • ToonAndy

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Are you boys responsible for the “welcome to Newcastle” comments on Jong Il-Gwans YouTube video? Haha

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Yes a bit of agro should get me through this coach ride

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  • hotdog

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Jakesome – Where is your full stop? 😉

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #38

    .

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  • jakesome

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyone know a joke?

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  • Sir Asian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #40

    You know your struggling for discussion when it comes to punctuation wars! Haha

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