This Is Why Ben Arfa Will Stay At Newcastle This Summer

We have another club trying to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG among others. and that’s Monaco, who were taken over by Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in late 2011, and who were promoted back to the French First division this month.

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Ben Arfa – may or may not be Monaco target

We always thought that the Financial Fair Play Rules – FFP – would prevent other clubs doing what Manchester City and Chelsea (as two examples) did by spending close to £1B (yes – that’s with a B) to build a top side quickly and win things, but we suppose not.

That’s because Monaco have already paid out £40M for two Porto players – and that’s just the start this summer as Monaco’s goal is to reach the Champions League as soon a possible. How can a second division French club afford £40M for just two players?

Another advantage that Monaco (a principality governed under a constitutional monarchy) has, is there is no income tax so the huge wages the players receive will be tax-free.

And if you think about it, who would be on the shopping list of a French club who want to make it big quickly and also play attractive crowd-pleasing football?

Maybe one of the most gifted French players around in Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa perhaps?

Well that’s the rumor, whether it’s true or not, and it could be that Monaco will come in with an offer Mike Ashley just cannot refuse – that’s always possible if the offer is big enough.

But Ben Arfa has been injured a lot in the three years he’s been on Tyneside – he missed almost all of the first season with that double break of his left leg, and last season he played few games because of a persistent hamstring problem.

In three seasons on Tyneside, Ben Arfa has played only 56 times for Newcastle with 11 goals and 10 assists.

So that is all in Newcastle’s favor, that Monaco will think twice before bidding bug money for the mercurial Newcastle winger.

And the fee currently being reported is £10M – and it would take at least twice that amount for Mike Ashley to be tempted.

So those are some of the reasons why we think Ben Arfa will be going nowhere this summer.

What do you think?

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25 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1


    Mere bhai Mere dost

    You think we can finish 6th under pardew again?

  • Andymax

    May 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafael Benitez has been appointed as the new coach of Napoli, where he will replace Walter Mazzarri.

  • davetoon

    May 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    we should be fighting with everton (no moyes), liverpool and spurs (if Bale leaves) for 5th – 8th

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Depending on transfers
    My top four would be:
    Man City

    ManUtd I think Moyes will struggle in first season.

    Then the Toon

  • onepeterb

    May 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Ben Arfa can be a brilliant individual player on his day but doesn’t contribute for large periods of time. Leaves his fullback exposed and goes missing. With regrets I would let him go if but only if we could bring in a more team orientated replacement first

  • davetoon

    May 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t see Manutd dropping that quick to be honest

    Do you think Spuds will hold Bale?

    I just hope we smash the scousers.. make up for that travesty this season

  • santosh82

    May 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8


    I dont want to rule out the possibility even before the season started.

    We did it before why can’t we do it again.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    My favourite player at the club. I just wish we could see him in an attack minded team.

    The more he hangs back to sit back with the rest of the side, the less we actually see him doing what he’s good at, and that is going forward.

    Before his hamstring troubles last yesr, he was probably the main glimmer of hope that we’d get any points at all. The reliance on him to nick something is unacceptable.

  • Markaccus

    May 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Good morning all. I trust everyone had a nice weekend.

    Now, whats new today?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    If the price is silly Ashley will sell him.
    10M is very low but if they were to bid 20M and we have identified a replacement (Taarabt ? 8-10M) and can buy Siem de Jong with the change …

  • jimmysmith

    May 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Wow, top 4 would be brilliant, Ed, although to be honest when I drag my weary arse out of bed at 3am on a Sunday morning nowadays to watch the lads live on telly I’m really just hoping we won’t play like a bag a shite.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    I hope your right Ed!

    I’d love to see him stay on with us

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Man Utd’s squad is not that strong as it makes out – A lot of older players and Fergie knew how to get the best out of his players.

    Yes i think the spuds will keep Bale

  • jimmysmith

    May 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Swansea look a good team to me. I think 7th, 8th, and 9th will likely be fought out between us, them and the Toffees who are likely to have a transitional season.

    Also, Routledge is heaps better for Swansea than he ever was for us. Why is that?

  • MykToonFan

    May 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Taarabt would not be an adequate replacement for HBA. His attitude stinks, for starters.

    Given our French scouting, it would probably be someone like Payet from LOSC, or Cabella from MHSC.

    Monaco are signing from across the globe (Rodriguez & Moutinho already there, Falcao, Valdes & Carvalho set to follow). However, both themselves & PSG are under increasing pressure to sign mire French players. As an example, PSG only regularly field two French internationals (Matuidi & Jallet – Gameiro, Sakho & Chantome rarely start) and have been criticised heavily in the French media for this.

    Given our huge French contingent, it is no surprise that those two clubs are looking at us. Cabaye, Ben Arfa & others may have under-performed this year, but they retain a bug reputation in France (Cabaye in particular, given his key role in the French national side).

    I would be very surprised if we don’t receive bids – probably extortionate ones – from both clubs for those two players. Especially given PSG’s scattershot approach to signing players, which involves grabbing everyone available & seeing which ones work out, as well as Monaco’s need to rebuild their entire squad in order to mount a title challenge immediately after promotion.

  • Greebol1892

    May 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Bamboozled that Taraabt keeps getting a mention here and there….. a bit-part player from a relegated club is not what we should be looking at. Next please…..

  • AndytheScientist

    May 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d take 10M if offered, obviously prefer more, but i think 10M is fair for a player who rarely plays, and when he does play is in and out of games, runs hot and cold and is largely ineffective when it gets physical.

  • winnynufc

    May 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Why do some people on here feel the need to discuss other Clubs, Players etc! Dont get it! HWTL.

  • blissna

    May 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m sorry Ed but you are vastly over-rating HBA. He has moments of brilliance, yes. But that’s all they are. Moments. To imply he’s worth more than 10m is ludicrous.

  • gazzaforever

    May 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #21

    People willing to sell benny are clueless f**k, he s the only good player in the team and his form will be back for next season, dont listen to twat like andythescientist

  • stretchintoon

    May 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Bennys worth alot more than 10m…try 20m…he’s been injured most of the season & when he has played hes only come on as a sub’theres no doubt in my mind if we’d had him fit all season we’d of ended up alot higher in the league than we did

  • moonraker

    May 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #23

    HBA is pure genius and if we get a big offer and sell him he will come back and haunt us. He is potentially better than Gazza. Next season is huge for him and I pray he stays fit and goes on to become a legend!!!

  • gazzaforever

    May 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Blissna, andy iyou are clueless muppets bennynis a genius and we ll shine next season so stfu pls

  • Expat MAG

    May 29, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #25

    While he’s by far the most skilfull player we have, he has been injury prone since we bought him. If the right offer comes in, say 25M he’ll be gone…..


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