Ben Arfa’s Relapse In Euros – It’s Not A Big Deal

It seems that Hatem Ben Arfa may have had a little relapse back to his old ways,  during the Euro 2012 Championships, after France had surprisingly been beaten 2-0 by Sweden, to finish second in Group D behind England.

Ben Arfa – in action for France

And during the altercation in the dressing room between some of France’s  players and manager Laurent Blanc after the game, Ben Arfa is supposed to have told Laurent to “send me home if you wish”.

That was after he made Blanc angry by talking to his family on his cell phone, when Blanc was addressing the players after the game.

We know all about Ben Artfa’s difficulties he had when he was younger playing in France at Lyon and Marseilles, but he’s been no problem at all at Newcastle, and we think he will continue to be no problem at Newcastle.

Part of that is because of the unique relationship he has formed with the passionate Newcastle fans, who just love this lad.

And Yohan Cabaye, his team-mate at Newcastle and for France, had some things to say about him yesterday, during his interview with RMC, some  of which we reported last night.

This is what Yohan, who was probably France’s best player in the tournament, had to say about his team-mate:

“When I left him yesterday his morale was good.” “Hatem is his own character, and is not always easy, and in the heat of the moment he may have said things he now regrets.” “However, he is in a good spirit now.”

It’s not surprising that this altercation is getting the news in France because French supporters are used to Ben Arfa being a difficult player to handle.

But Newcastle’s manager Alan Pardew has handled the 25 year-old brilliantly while he’s been on Tyneside, and Alan managed to get the very best out of the French International last season – always the sign of a good coach.

We don’t see why any of that will change,  because of his latest spat in the French squad.

For the record,  Ben Arfa has played 34 times for Newcastle with 7 goals and 7 assists, and some of the goals he has already scored for Newcastle are simply memorable,  and a couple of them are some of the  best goals ever scored by a Newcastle player.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far


    Jun 26, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    No problem at all at NUFC? Hmm I wouldn’t be so sure there was a fair amount of talk about his attitude early season

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    He is hardly the only character in football. That is what makes him HBA and he just need to feel important.

    At least he is not and idiot like Nasri or Balotelli 😉 lol

  • jatt1988

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    A don’t think he has a problem with his attitude at the toon cause he is in a different environment and he had every right to be upset in the France game he was right nasri should have been subbed however a think it’s just been blown out of proportion and he will come back to the toon and carry on from where he left off with us

  • markmac

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s no angel im sure, but he’s still not exactly Joey Barton….

  • OTP

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully Pardew can keep him quiet, done a fair job of it so far and we could do with Ben Arfa sticking around! For anyone thats interested I’ve done a team review of Newcastle on my blog and some player reviews too (including Cabaye)

  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    To be honest, however much laurent blanc misjudged the situation, ben arfa should still respect the managers’ judgement.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy, but he is obviously capable of spitting his dummy out from time to time.I’m just glad pards seems to be getting the best out of him at the toon. Both as a player and a person.

  • cyprus

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Said this before, maybe you’re right but,
    not sure how much credit AP himself would claim about HBA:
    They obviously didn’t see eye to eye, regarding playing philosophy, HBA saying he favours long balls, while he prefers Barca-style short passes.
    Neither ever claimed credit. AP admitted he didn’t know where to play him (when he was stuck – in his mind) with one formation. HBA said he had matured as a person, hence his change.
    On playing full games in just last six games, well, HBA claimed he was 100% before xmas…

    Admitted, it’s sacrilegious not to give full credit to the manager of the year… for me, he still needs to prove himself. He did well last year, albeit with a brilliant pool of players (Ba, Cisse, Cabaye etc), who often single-handedly changed games in which we were outplayed. Long may it continue, but we will need more…

    Anyways looking forward to some more magic from him (them) next year!

  • Slimmy

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the way that A.P has helped change HBA’s attitude is nothing less than amazing. This lad was seriously troubled when he first arrived, having fallen out with most if not all of his past managers. What A.P has done is instill a hard work ethic and what makes it work is that every other Newcastle player has the same ethos also. HBA responds to that, very well. Now, when you look at the French team with the likes of Ribery, Malouda, Nasri and Benzema hard work off the ball is not something they are overly concerned with. Is it any wonder that, having spent the last two years being taught that hard work off the ball is as important as when you have possession, the lad somewhat reverted to his old ways, and being substituted ahead of the players I’ve already mentioned it’s not really surprising that he lost his cool.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Gotta say what Cyprus just said is probably the closest to the truth I have seen on this blog for a long long time.

    Well said mate 🙂

  • gonz

    Jun 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #10

    He isn’t a problem because he hasn’t done this for Newcastle and for us Newcastle fans that’s all that matters. I could care less if he told Blanc to send him home or he had angry words to Nasri, that’s France’s problem and not ours. He seems to be in check for us and it works for the lad. We are in a good place having Benny in our squad and I hope he stays there for many years.

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Well this is what happens when big ego’s clash, can you imagine being on the losing side with nasri,ribery,benzema and HBA in the dressing room, it would be a fcukin royal rumble. Thats why i’m glad we dont really have aby big heads at NUFC anymore


    Jun 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Ben Arfa is a talisman and deserves to be looked after. Blanc didn’t do that and got what he deserved.

    Pardew will get wondeful stuff out of our Beeny and long may it continue


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