There are reports suggesting today that Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa could be on his way to Arsenal this summer, if Theo Walcott decides to leave the London club.
Ben Arfa in action for France recently
It is thought that Theo may become disenchanted if Arsenal cannot keep hold of their top Dutch striker, Robin van Persie, which seems likely at the moment, with some top clubs already circling for the top striker, who turns 29 next month.
Leo’s contract at Arsenal runs out next summer, so if he does push for a move, Arsenal may want to sell him, otherwise they could lose him for nothing next summer, when he becomes a free agent.
So that’s some of the thinking in why Theo may leave the London club, and there have already been suggestions in the Guardian, that Arsene Wenger could then turn to Newcastle’s Ben Arfa as a replacement.
But Arsenal would not necessarily need another winger to replace Walcott, because they have a number of players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo Miyaichi and Ivorian Gervinho, who can play on the wing, as can brand new signing – German International Lukas Podolski.
The Mirror has already reported that Arsenal could be interested in Ben Arfa, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Wenger is indeed interested in the Newcastle winger, because after all – thee lad is a Frenchman.
Ben Arfa had a very tough time of things in his first season at Newcastle, and missed the majority of that first season with a double fracture of his left leg – that’s the good one.
But he came back in great style last season, and by January he had forced his way into Alan Pardew’s starting eleven, and he finished the season with a good 34 appearances and 7 great goals and 7 assists for the Magpies.
Every player has their price at Newcastle of course, and we paid around £5M for the lad when he arrived on a permanent basis from Marseilles in January of last year, while he was still recovering from his broken leg, which reflected well on the confidence Newcastle have in their winger.
And Ben Arfa got his place back in the French squad for Euro 2012, such was his good form for Newcastle this year, and it would take a very big offer for Mike Ashley to sell one of the most popular players he has on Tyneside.
So even if Arsenal are interested we think (maybe that should be hope), that Newcastle will not sell the mercurial Frenchman, because we need him to help us with our assault on a top four position next season.
We don’t think they will sell Ben Arfa this summer.
What do you think?