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If This Player Is Not On Plane To New Zealand – He’s Gone

6:42 am, Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

With the arrival of Remy Cabella at Newcastle, the club will now probably make an effort to unload Hatem Ben Arfa, after he had a couple of altercations with manager Alan Pardew in the dressing rooms last season – and he seems to have got his bad boy image back again.

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

Ben Arfa in Newcastle colors

We’d really like him to stay for the last year of his contract and fix things up with the manger, but we should get a clue about Newcastle’s intentions when the squad to travel to New Zealand is announced.

And if Ben Arfa is not on the flight – that will say he’s essentially not going to be part of the squad for next season –  and he will be sold.

It’s  a little disturbing that he is training with the U21 side rather than the first team at the moment – so that in itself is not good for those who would like to see Ben Arfa stay at Newcastle next season.

But it’s probably time for both Newcastle and the player to move on – and while he played very well a number of times for us, and scored several sensational goals at St. James’ Park his tenure at the club was not successful.

The summer transfer window is a water-shed event this year for Newcastle and we should have some idea when September comes – just how strong a side we will have for the coming season.

Call us eternal optimists – but we are (still) hoping we can be a top six side come next May – and with Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella already signed that may be a decent possibility – with or without Ben Arfa.

We just hope Newcastle can get a side together that is worthy of representing the (great) Newcastle United Football club and the Geordie fans – who are simply the best in the business.

That’s not too much to ask – is it?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: Sean Borland has a student season ticket and since he will be away in Calgary studying for a while he wants to sell his season ticket for the first half of the season. The price is £140 – which is what he paid for it – you can contact Sean at s.borland@ncl.ac.uk

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Tags: Coaching · Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Pre-Season



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 musomag // Jul 15, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Pardew needs to patch things up with Hatem and ask him nicely if he’d mind playing the role of striker this season

  • 2 Spoof // Jul 15, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Back onto newsnow, well done Ed, as for Benny I think he is gone, I doubt that he will be on that plane to NZ.

  • 3 firebug666 // Jul 15, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    I think Benny is gone, when you get two massive ego’s clashing neither will give an inch. Benny will see out the last year of his contract and leave for free feeling he’s had the last laugh.

    It’s a crying shame that the manager cannot man manage a volatile player like Benny, and the player felt hard done by when he took all the heat for the Man U loss. I think they both need to accept their faults apologise to each other and get on with it………. Nah! never going to happen.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Sorry, but I don’t think there is any doubt the club want him gone now. Cabella is his replacement, and according to the French football experts is just as talented but has a better all round game and more end product.

    Time for Hatem to pack his bags and move on. He wasn’t involved in the traditional first team boot camp up on the beach, and according to papers yesterday is unlikely to be involved tonight.

    The club have supposedly been offering his services out all summer but have so far only had one bite, from Qatar. That is probably the only reason he is still here.

  • 5 gazzaforever // Jul 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Cabella is a very good player but nowhere as talented as Hba, you will see. Pardew should def put Benny upfront this season, but it wont happen because IT S FCKIN PARDEW




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