Alan Pardew after the game last night basically validated some of the news about Ben Arfa recently, that he will not be playing the Frenchman in the last few games of the season, and although fit, he wasn’t in the squad that traveled to London.
Ben Arfa – in action at Southampton
There was news recently that Ben Arfa could buy his way out of the last year of his contract, in order to be able to leave Newcastle, and that would make him a free agent in the summer.
That would cost basically what his wages for a year are – which is probably something under £3M, if he is getting £60K/week.
What Alan Pardew said was short and sweet when asked about Ben Arfa after the game:
“Ben Arfa’s fit but I pick the team to try to get a result.”
What Alan Pardew is inferring there is that Ben Arfa is too much of a liability in these tough games, and with the way Newcastle are playing almost every game is a tough one.
And that goes for Cardiff City on Saturday – who are playing at our level – so it will be a close and a tough game.
And Pardew’s comment seems to validate what Alan Oliver reported in the Sunday People over the weekend, that Ben Arfa had already played his last game for Newcastle.
Ben Arfa will leave Newcastle in the summer, unless there’s a change of manager, and the new manager wants to keep the Frenchman.
But it seems like it’s all over between Alan Pardew and Ben Arfa.
What do you think?