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Why Ben Arfa Must Stay At Newcastle Next Season

7:47 am, Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

There’s been a number of articles written about what the future holds for Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa this summer, and after thinking about this for the last couple of days, we really hope Ben Arfa stays for the last year of his contract on Tyneside.

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Ben Arfa – we want to see more of this next season from this player

Whether that means he will then leave for nothing next summer as a free agent we don’t particularly care at the moment, but Ben Arfa can be such a great player and a match winner – why would we let him go this summer?

And with Newcastle so short of creativity skills in the squad, he’s just the player we need at the club for next season.

We know there was a falling out between the player and manager Alan Pardew in the second half of last season, but one measure of a manager is how much he can get out of his players.

So Alan Pardew could patch things up with the French winger and tell him he will be given every opportunity this coming season for the first team.

And as far as Ben Arfa himself is concerned, he should vow to do his best for the side, and follow the manager’s directions during games and work hard, and he knows the vast majority of Newcastle fans still love him and want him to stay at the club.

So while Managing Director Lee Charnley and the other officials are trying to bring good news players into the club, we hope to hear the news that the 27 year-old mercurial winger will be staying for next season at Newcastle.

And while we are on about some of our existing players, we’d also like to see Sylvain Marveaux stay at the club, and maybe even Jonas Gutierrez – depending on the new players we get into the club before September rolls around.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

Written while on vacation in England.



Tags: Contracts · Hatem Ben Arfa · Jonas Gutierrez · Newcastle News · Sylvain Marveaux · Transfer News and Rumours



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Loic Remy? lol

    I seen that link in the chronicle and they mentioned the terms on offer were not to his liking so what makes them think ours will be? I’m pretty sure even with our considerable clout (sarcasm) that the ars would be able to blow us literally out of the water

    I get the feeling that he’d rather sit on the bench and earn a wedge with the odd start than play for us….infact I’d go as far to say he’d rather stay at QPR with ol saggy face

    Just my opinion of the guy

  • 2 Average_Contents // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Jesper

    That’s what happened with Barton when we signed him from citeh

  • 3 Santon03 // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    mindshaft #9

    Paying the agents to do what? It’s no benefit for the buying club but as you said common sense doesn’t work in football. I can understand why sometimes negotiations broke down because of agents.

    Jesper #13

    Yes, it doesn’t make any sense. so much fees for agents for actually doing less and has no risk of losing anything.

  • 4 Slank // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I wonder whether Remy’s agent is behind the story / rumour in order to force up the price and his commission from Arsenal.

  • 5 Santon03 // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Regarding who is the best or better fans, even if you are the best fan, you still get no special privileges or extra benefit being one.
    I don’t know why people arguing for something that has no meaning or benefit.

  • 6 Slank // Jul 10, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Ben Arfa will want to see out his contract and become a free agent which will give him more flexibility in securing his next club.

    At the moment there appears to be no interest in him from other clubs even though the club have alerted all other clubs to his availability.

    As it stands I doubt we will see him again in a black and white shirt, sadly.

  • 7 mindshaft // Jul 10, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Think Remy just wants to be in London

  • 8 The next Mike Williamson // Jul 10, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    If we aren’t competing for anything (cups, league, europa) then the least we should expect is entertainment, flair, excitement, and attacking football. Ben Arfa is the only player we have that makes it worth watching. Even when we win, I often feel I’ve wasted 90 minutes because of the way we play.

  • 9 lesh // Jul 10, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Ben Arfa could vow to do his best for the side, and follow the manager’s directions during games and work hard as much as he likes but if he’s nit gelling with Pardew or is demotivated, then it’s situation normal.

    Whilst HBA may shoulder responsibility for his attitudes and application, he’s human after all and will respond to stimuli around him and received from Pardew and his team-mates.

    If he feels that he’s not getting the treatment he needs to play well for Newcastle United then he won’t.

    It’s Pardew’s job, or any other manager’s for that matter, to identify and capitalise on the triggers that stimulate him to play well.

    The responsibility’s shared but nevertheless, let’s hope that Pardew can find and use the key to unlock and profit from HBA’s undoubted talent.

    The situation provides
    quite a challenge for them both but let’s hope it’s resolved for all concerned.

  • 10 Whumpie // Jul 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    The answer to the question in the title, “Why Ben Arfa Must Stay At Newcastle Next Season” is simple: nobody else will have him.

    His attitude has always been poor and everyone knows it. He doesn’t even keep himself in shape!

    If you blame AP for this then you have to blame every other manaver he’s hsd. Or just admit that he is fundamentally incapable of turning his talent into something that justifies his inclusion in a team.




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