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Yohan Cabaye – Ben Arfa’s Extraordinary With Enormous Quality

3:16 pm, Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Yohan Cabaye has talked to the French press today about his former colleague at Newcastle United – Ben Arfa – and it seems Newcastle have given up on the French winger and will sell his this summer, but Yohan says he will simply bounce back with another team.

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Hatem Ben Arfa – to leave Newcastle this summer

Ben Arfa was reported to have caused some trouble in the Newcastle dressing room late in the season, and during our six game losing streak, and you wouldn’t expect the dressing room to be a happy one when we were losing almost every game now –  would you?

If it was a happy dressing room there would have been something wrong.

And the way manager Alan Pardew handled that situation was to leave the Frenchman out of the 18 man squad for the last few games of the season.

It seems almost certain the 27 year-old will now leave the club in the summer, but Yohan Cabaye made it clear he thinks his French team-mate is full of class, as he had this to say to FootMercato:

“I have not talked to him about a departure.” “This is a situation that he must manage on his side. For me, he remains an extraordinary player with enormous quality.¨

“It is true that it was harder for him late in the season. He is going to bounce back and find more opportunities with another team.¨ “For me, this is one of the players I’ve played with who has the highest quality.¨

“If he decides to return home, that will be good for the French League.”

As far as we are concerned, selling a player with the magical skills of a Ben Arfa does not reflect well on Newcastle United, and it suggests we are not a good enough side to carry a player who has terrific skills. but is not a particularly hard worker for the side – even though he has proved a number of times he can be a match-winner.

Other more successful clubs can handle that situation, but it seems not Newcastle – at least not at the moment.

And since Newcastle fans just love the lad, and Ben Arfa loves the fans – it will be very disappointing when Ben Arfa leaves the club this summer,

Newcastle will get some money for him this summer, before his five year deal runs out next summer – and as we know – it’s all about money at Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley.

Ben Arfa is likely to join a club playing in the Champions League too.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Yohan Cabaye

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Under the right manager with a fitting philosophy I think Benny could be just amazing 🙂

  • 2 goommy // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Still got faith in him. Hope he stay and show what he have got…

  • 3 rasul // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Hatem Benharfa on the left and Cabella on the right wing ! What u say parduu ?? Do u dareee ??

  • 4 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    The cemeteries are full of those who carry the gun without a round in the chamber ………. Soon I will open a soap …………. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • 5 Belfast // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Even though I agree with you, shut it Jesper….

  • 6 Belfast // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Senderos has signed for Villa Haha

    Now that’s a donkey

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I thought the Colback story was just speculation but I’ve just read, so that Teneriefe guy, Colback and Cabella in for 10M and Benny out for 5M, business done unless we’re freatened from a club like Soton for one of our big players, with a profit of 50M shosing we’re always vunerable.

  • 8 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM


    5 year contract for the kid as well!!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    He might be worth 7M by the time he settles in and starts attracting attention.

  • 10 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM


    Haha or MA might have him on £30k contract which means he will cost £7.2m excluding a signing on fee and agents fee as well as other bonuses….that’s £7.2m lost from this years budget!!

  • 11 Belfast // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Do you think Colback will get a large sports direct mug when he signs his contract ?

  • 12 Pardews Prolific Boys // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Im going to go out on a limb here and say colback will surprise you all and be our top assist provider next season.
    Ooh how contrary! Haha

  • 13 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    where does it say 10 million Newcastle put in for Cabella?

    it will be 7 or 7.5 million Newcastle would of put in because this is how MA & CO work

  • 14 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM


    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say those who are pleased with this signing will soon realise just how poor this kid is. 🙂 🙂

  • 15 Belfast // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I read it was 6.5 million and they wanted 12 million.

    Sounds about right lol

  • 16 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Pardews Prolific Boys

    yeah he will probably be our best player this season with 1 goal and 2 assist, he could also double that when we are in the championship 🙂

  • 17 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Black & White

    i think its 10m euros which works out at just over £8m

  • 18 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I think no matter who we bring in we are still going to get relegated, this is why Cabella should stay well clear from us and I also hope Perez has a relegation release clause in his contract as well as any other player who comes through

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Our Toon

    over 8 million na no way MA will pay that for a top young player maybe 7.99 million or lower or in MA case maybe 6.75 million 😉

  • 20 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    That’s apparently what the revised bid is reported to be at…..could be utter rubbish though!!

  • 21 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    he is one now

  • 22 lesh // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Ben Arfa seems to be presenting problems not dissimilar to those that existed between Bellamy and Bobby Robson.

    Different problems I appreciate but Sir Bobby’s approach was to ignore Bellamy’s cheek, let it ride over his head and let him do his stuff on the pitch.

    Much more similar to Ben Arfa, Jimmy Smith (the player, not the blogger [Unless they’re one and the same], so unpredictable and at times apparently lazy (track back, wozzat?) but on his day, magic. Joe Harvey, like SBR, played on Jinky’s strengths.

    Now if only the our master man-manager manager could learn to live with Benny’s strops and exploit the positives in his make-up.

    It’d be a shame if he’s gotta go but if it’s the case he doesn’t fit with the players around him, then maybe it’s best he does go.

  • 23 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Yet Pardew’s delusions pollute the fans’ opinion on him not being in the team.

    Under Kevin or Sir Bobby, I have no doubt he would have been outstanding. A privilege to watch. Not scapegoated for mysterious tracking back and general play when the whole team is poor and clueless.

    It’s nothing short of disgraceful how a player of his ability can be mis-managed and cast aside. See Tevez and Mascherano and their clubs since.

  • 24 toonicle // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Depressing isn’t it? Talent like Cabaye and Ben Arfa goes out and “hard working” utility players like Colback come in. While I believe colback could prove a good signing and a good midfield player, I fear he is the Cabaye replacement and Perez won’t get a first team shot under Pardew.

  • 25 Sav // Jun 6, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Cabaye tried to jump ship in August and finally went AWOL after Xmas. He did well out of Newcastle so for me hcan do one. Tweeting his ideal Newcastle team on his FIFA game is just another act of disrespect. And by the way, he had a dirty streak in him I never liked, either. I hope Cheick gets the chance to layy him out in the WCup – assuming Cabaye gets off the bench.

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