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.
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.