Most of the Newcastle first team squad will report for training this Thursday morning, but players who participated in summer tournaments, will get extra time off.
Hatem Ben Arfa – in action at Euro 2012
And that will include both Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, who were in the French squad that reached the quarter final of the Euro 2012 tournament, before being eliminated 2-0 by Spain.
And the reigning Champions Spain went on to win their third major Championship in a row, by beating beating Italy 4-0 in what turned out to be a good final, and a great display form the Spanish side, in fact their best display of the tournament, when it really mattered.
That’s what Champions are made of.
John Carver has talked to the local press today about Ben Arfa, and he says he’s surprised the French manager Laurent Blanc, didn’t use the 25 year-old more during the tournament, especially in that last game against Spain.
This is what John said:
“I was surprised that Hatem didn’t get more of a chance at the Euros.” “In the quarter-final they were crying out for something different.”
“He can change a game very quickly and he certainly can run at a defence – something France were lacking in the quarter-final against Spain.”
“When you are chasing a game like they were then Hatem is the ideal player to at least come on for the last half-hour. He could have saved them – but I’m not the France manager!”
“He will come back full of confidence after last season. If he comes back with the same attitude he had last season, he’ll be a big player for us. We’ve qualified for Europe and that could really suit him now.”
“He was consistent last season for us and I thought he did really well, in and out of possession. It was an extra bonus for us.”
It seems that Ben Arfa and Yoghan Cabaye will not be back for training until July 23rd, as they will b given time to recover from their summer exploits, and the two lads must get a decent rest over the summer.
Ben Arfa was involved in a ruckus after th Spain defest, but we think his involvement was blown out of proportion a little bit, with Manchester City’s Samir Nasri seeming to be the main antagonist in the dressing room.
And with Laurent Blanc having given up the France manager job, it will be interesting to see who the new French manager will be.
It could be former France World Cup winning captain and Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps, and that could be bad news for Ben Arfa’s international career, because they didn’t really see eye to eye with each other at Marseilles.
We expect Ben Arfa to be as well behaved next season, as he’s been over the last two years at Newcastle, and we cannot wait to see this lad play again in the black and white stripes of Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!