The Sunday People is reporting that Hatem Ben Arfa was sent home to France last week, and that he was essentially banned from the club – presumably by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – because of his negativity.
Ben Arfa – banished to France?
This is a Sunday morning, so there are some strange stories in the papers, and it’s former Evening Chronicle Sports reporter Alan Oliver who is doing the reporting, that essentially is calling the sending home last week of Ben Arfa as a ban.
This is what a source at Newcastle has said this in the People:
“Alan Pardew and his management team had a lot of soul-searching to do before they made the decision to send Ben Arfa back to France.”
“But it was a decision they felt they had to make for the good of the whole football club and the rest of the first team squad.”
“Everybody knows what a good player Ben Arfa is on his day – but this season he has been so negative, both on and off the field, and it has had an effect on the rest of the squad.”
“Indeed, since he has been back in France things among the squad have improved considerably.” “Don’t forget It was Pardew who signed Ben Arfa on a permanent basis for Newcastle.”
“And didn’t he describe Ben Arfa’s goal against Bolton Wanderers a couple of years ago as the best he had ever seen?”
“Pardew has tried everything to get Ben Arfa into the right frame of mind. He has given him time off to go home whenever he wanted and even given him his own physiotherapist, all to no avail.”
“Not only does Pardew know Ben Arfa is a massive fans’ favorite but also that Mike Ashley is his No.1 fan.”
“This has made the decision to send him back to France all the more difficult, but it was a decision Pardew and his management team felt they had no choice but to make.”
Certainly Ben Arfa was in France last week, but there was news he has returned to the club, and presumably would be in the squad for the game at the Emirates tomorrow night.
The implication in the People is that he was banned from Newcastle because of his negativity. and that he will certainly now be sold in the summer.
But before anybody leaves the club in the summer, we’ll have to see how Newcastle fare in the last three games of the season, because if we continue our bad form, there’s a possibility Newcastle have a change of manager, and then it would be up to the new manager to decide who leaves the club.
This seems yet another report that strongly suggests Ben Arfa’s days are over at Newcastle, but if Ben Arfa is in the squad at the Emirates, it would suggest things are not as bad as they are being reported.
What do you think?