Ben Arfa was at the game yesterday and was seen waving and signing autographs for Newcastle fans, and there have been press reports there is a rift with manager Alan Pardew.
Ben Arfa signs autograph for young Newcastle fan yesterday
Notice Ben Arfa’s concentration – I must spell my name correctly
When you have a player like Ben Arfa, and he;s sent to train with the Development squad, that looks to us to signify some kind of rift with the manger.
But the Newcastle manager is having none of it, and he said after the game it was rubbish:
“I have seen that. It’s an absolute load of rubbish. He came and shook my hand at the end and that was it.”
There were even rumors the pair had come to blows – but that sounds like made-up nonsense to us.
However Ben Arfa is a very popular player with Newcastle fans and he’s a match winner on his day, and fans will not be pleased if he is sold this summer.
But if Alan Pardew continues on as the Newcastle manager it’s odds-on that’s what will happen.
That would not be good.
And Pardew is simply not getting the best out of the Frenchman, and surely Ben Arfa, with his unique skills and terrific dribbling ability, can be used by Newcastle, at the very least as an impact substitute in the last 20 minutes of games.
What do you think?