There is a report in the in the French daily L’Équipe, that Arsenal are interested in signing Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa in action for France recently
But before we go too far into this – it seems to be a fabricated story from what we can tell – with no new comments from Ben Arfa, and builds on the the news of last week that Chelsea were interested in signing the player.
Ben Arfa had a good season at Newcastle, but only after the turn of the year, after he had learned he had to work hard in defense too, if he wanted to get a start for the Newcastle first team under manager Alan Pardew.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is at the Euro 2012 Championships and will be watching the games, especially the French games, as he is a pundit for French TV.
And it’s an easy step to say he’s interested in Ben Arfa, who has arrived back on the French International scene after a two year absence.
The player suffered a terrible double fracture of his left leg during that time, but seems to have recovered well, and scored some mercurial goals for Newcastle this year – and he started the game for France game against Sweden on Tuesday night.
Ben Afra scored 6 goals and had 7 assists during the season for the Magpies, and the article says that Ben Arfa would prefer a move to Arsenal, because he is not sure he would get much playing time at Chelsea.
But there are no quotes from Ben Arfa or any other evidence to say any of this is true.
Chelsea have already brought in Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, and competition for place on the wings at Chelsea will already be very competitive next season, to say the least.
The only evidence given up in the article is what Ben Arfa had said a week or so ago, that he would be willing to move to a bigger club, but only if he was really wanted there.
We have doubts whether this story has too much truth in it, and it also reports Newcastle now value the player at £20M, and we dare say if a club came in with £20M for Ben Arfa, Newcastle may even consider letting him go.
Newcastle signed Ben Arfa from Marseilles for a fee believed to be around £5M sixteen months ago, while he was still recovering from his broken leg.
But that would not be good news for most Newcastle fans if the Magpies consider selling their mercurial winger, because the fans just love this lad who has fantastic skills.
What do you think?