Ben Arfa Fit – But Not In The Squad For Arsenal Game

There’s more news on what’s happening with Ben Arfa this morning, after the late breaking news last night in the French media that the the winger may take legal action to get out of his Newcastle contract this summer.

Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa takes on Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie at St James' Park.

Ben Arfa – in action against Crystal Palace

And it seems that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has left the French International out of the squad for tonight’s important game at the Emirates.

This is what Ben Arfa has said on his Instagram page:

“The manager didn’t pick me in the group to go to London for the game against Arsenal,”    “It is not a problem. I hope my team-mates will win at the Emirates Stadium to make our fans happy.”

Those comments have since been deleted by the Frenchman – so it seems he has thought better of it.

There was also news in the Sunday People yesterday that Ben Arfa has definitely played his last game for the club, and that he would leave in the summer, after correspondent Alan Oliver reported that Ben Arfa had actually been banned from Newcastle last week.

But he was back in France at Clairfontaine getting treatment on his dead leg – a thigh injury – but he returned to Newcastle last week – but hasn’t made the squad for tonight’s game.

There seems to be some stuff going on between the manager and the player – and that’s really the last thing we want to see with our terrible league results at the moment.

However the words above from Ben Arfa were quite positive.

We need something out of this game tonight!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Apr 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Benny is defiantly gone come the summer by the sound of it, I don’t think it will affect the team though as we will always be rubbish under Pardrew.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Williamson extract

    The lads have got high expectations of themselves in the dressing room. We just need to get back to basics.

    “We have had two fantastic days of training and it has been positive and upbeat.

    Back to basics? 2 days of training? Get to fcuk! The puppets masterplan dear god!

  • ToonMatt

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d laugh if he gets his contract legally terminated and goes on a free with the parasite (Ashley) not getting a penny for him.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4


    True I don’t blame he either if he leaves to recover his career.

    The only way I see him staying is if Parade gets sacked and we get a new manager.

  • firebug666

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    2 days of training? Pardrew is not a manager, he is a travel agent. How the hell is he going to get fitness up, formations sorted, and tactics drilled into the players in just 2 days.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    One of the most talented players to ever be at the club, yet scapegoated, misused and mismanaged by a proven underachiever in Alan Pardew.

    Yet… Shola gets only one goal is VERY lazy and he’s in nearly every squad or starting line-up.


  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Too many times this stupid autocorrect has p!ssed me right off.



  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Mascherano didn’t get picked by silver tongue and he now plays for Barcelona Tevez went to Man Utd, Man City and now Juve.

    I think we can see who’s in the wrong with shocking team tactics here.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • firebug666

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #9

    What he has done with HBA is nothing short of criminal, he has stopped him from doing the job he was brought here to do, Blamed him for everything that has gone wrong, publicly humiliated him about his weight. Pardrew is not a football manager he is a footballer assassin.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Firebug, it is absolutely awful.

    I remember John Gregory using Ginola as a scapegoat and that he was overweight, wouldn’t work hard enough etc… then Ginola took his top off after scoring a goal to say he’s fit.


  • Sav

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Speculate to exacerbate. We’ll have to wait and see what’s happened here.

  • bobby mango

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Great management by Pardew… Just when his stock is at its lowest he falls out with the fans favourite player.
    Hats off! Bravo

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    @ 6 couldnt agree more


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