Ben Arfa International Career In Jeopardy With Deschamps

We had thought that Didier Deshcmaps had selected both Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa for the upcoming friendly against Uruguay next Wednesday night in Le Havre, but that’s not the case.

Ben Arfa – in action for France in June

And in fact the former Marseilles manager has left Ben Arfa out of the squad, and it looks like Ben Arfa’s International career could be over, as long as Didier Deschamps is the France manager.

The two of them just didn’t get along at all when they were at Marseilles together, and that’s one reason Ben Arfa forced a move through to Newcastle United.

And in early July when Deschamps was appointed the new French manager, we did report this could be bad news for Newcastle’s mercurial winger.

Didier Deschamps has named his first France squad for the friendly against Uruguay next week,  and he had this to say about his selection:

“Concerning two players, Yann M’Vila and Hatem Ben Arfa, I took the decision not to select them for this match.”

“This decision seems logical and consistent to me given what I expect from the players in terms of attitude and behaviour. It’s up to them to understand this decision.”

But then the question is will they get another chance in the squad?

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye is said to be injured, but to be more accurate he will not be match fit by next Wednesday, although he could still make the game against Tottenham a week on Saturday.

Ben Arfa blotted his copy book a bit during the Euro 2012  tournament,  and got involved in an unfortunate argument with the previous France coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room, following the 2-0 defeat to Sweden.

He was warned as to his future conduct by the France Football Federation last month, and it could be that Didier is using that incident to omit him out of the squad.

But we’d be surprised if  Deschamps includes him in any France squad, as long as the former French captain is the National team manager.

Well at least he’s now going to be fully available for Newcastle next season, with no interruptions for International duty, and from a Newcastle perspective that’s very good.

For the record Ben Arfa has played 13 times for France (unlucky for some)  with two goals.

Here’s the squad Didier named today, and Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy is in it:

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Man City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), Christophe Jallet (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (PSG), Rafael Varane (Real Madrid), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Marseille)

Midfielders: Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Marvin Martin (Lille), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Jimmy Briand (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon), Dimitri Payet (Lille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and +1 us on Google+



20 comments so far

  • IFC.Toon

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    All is clear now.. Cheers Ed 😀


    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Travesty! Fire Deshcmaps! HBA is too good for the French squad! He wins matches by himself!

    Believe me now Ibiza? Haha

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    France’s loss! Our gain 😉

  • Toon73

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Did we pay “cool cash” for our “mercurial” winger 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Yo…That’s more like it 🙂

    As I said on last thread…he’s not match fit anyway, so why would we want him gone for this match. Hopefully, this isn’t the end for Arfa whilst d*ck face is in charge of the national team…would be a shame for wor Benny and France imo.

  • samuelwongsl

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Yap, it is France’s loss, our gain!!


    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Does Arfa Has A Gf? If Not Lets Find Him A English Gf , So That He Can Play For England 😛

  • IFC.Toon

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    If he plays as well this season as the end of last season then Deschamps can’t not pick him. If that makes sense :L

  • walton1984

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Great News………..Dont care about Fance!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    IFC…It makes perfect sense. It’s not like his arrogance could be that out of whack, is it?

    Jamsha….Wouldn’t that be nice. Not sure if he’d get in the English national team though 😉

  • melv1881

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #11

    What is it with French managers leaving their best players out!? Houllier and la guen did this with ginola! Our gain their major loss

  • IFC.Toon

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza- quite possibly 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    IFC – But he’s French, surely not arrogant?

    Disclaimer to all French readers…it’s a joke. The English are about as arrogant as they come too 🙂

  • HullMag6

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Also doesnt deschamps use same agent as nasri, ribery etc??

    Niafron might be able the help with that and other french issues.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Hullmag…Not sure how helpful he’ll be after my last comment…whoops.

    I’m sure Niafron is aware of my bad taste when it comes to humour…let’s hope so anyway 🙂

  • iotarock

    Aug 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    long time reader, but this news just irritated me enough to want to have to vent! hba and m’villa went to the trial held by the FFF and presented their case and got off with warnings as to their future conduct. Deschamps in effect is banning them for this friendly basically over-ruling the french FA’s decision. why would any player take a future tribunal or whatever seriously is the coach is going to mete out his own punishments anyway.

  • 89Norcal

    Aug 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Yet he ignores Nasri’s little tantrums and and is still happy to keep that little diva on his squad. Nice try Deschamps, we know you’re still bitter.

  • josh

    Aug 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #18

    What a child. As its been said its our gain. But what is it with French managers and always having a problem with their players? Ain’t the players fault if they constantly wave the white flag around then get bitter. Whankheurrr

  • beddersmag

    Aug 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Thought deschamps was a bitter little man and then i ate my words wen i heard benny got in. Oh well i thought so….

  • thepict

    Aug 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Couldn’t care less about French INternational team. Only care about NUFC


You must log in to post a comment.