Hatem Ben Arfa was dragged off last week at half time, along with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, after Newcastle had been decidedly second best in that first 45 minutes at Southampton, and although we were only 1-0 down, the Saints had missed their chances, and it seemed that Alan Pardew was less than impressed with Ben Arfa’s work-rate, and his willingness to track back and help out the Newcastle defense.
Juan Mata - scoring first goal yesterday
And as expected yesterday, Ben Arfa was dropped from the starting line-up, but he was brought on after 61 minutes for Luuk de Jong, who once again was ineffective for Newcastle yesterday.
But when the Red Devils scored their third goal four minutes later, when Kagawa cut the ball back from the left for Hernandez to score, assistant manager John Carver was seen having a go at the 27 year-old Frenchman.
We can only assume that he was not doing what he had been told to do, and of course when a team is struggling it’s always difficult to support a will of the wisp type of player like Ben Arfa, and generally you want players who work their socks off for the side, when the team is struggling.
It’s been mentioned before, but it seems the manager and Ben Arfa do not exactly see eye to eye, and therefore Ben Arfa could be sold this summer, before he becomes a free agent next year.
Ben Arfa is a great player on his day, but the signs do not look good, that he will still be a Newcastle player next season.
If Alan Pardew is still the manager in the summer, expect Ben Arfa to be sold – and as we’ve said before it’s odds on he’ll join a club playing in the Champions League.
What do you think?