Yesterday Sylvain Marveaux completed a one year loan deal to French club Guingamp, and news tonight that three of Newcastle’s other wingers – Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Gabby Obertan – have all been told they can go to other clubs this summer, since they are not wanted at Newcastle.
Jonas Gutierrez – told he can leave.
But given what happened last season and this summer, that’s not a big surprise, since not one of the four experienced wingers was on the plane to New Zealand for the two pre-season friendlies down under.
But if somebody had suggested a year ago that Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Sylvain Marveaux would be leaving the club this summer, people would have asked what you had been smoking.
It all seems to have gone wrong for Ben Arfa since Yohan Cabaye left the club in January, as it was thought that Ben Arfa would be given the chance to play in the withdrawn striker role – but it didn’t happen – and he then fell out with manager Alan Pardew.
And what exactly Jonas did wrong last season we have no idea, and neither does he, but he was shipped out on loan to Norwich in January, but they ended up getting relegated, and Chris Hughton was fired before the end of the season.
Ben Arfa has one year left on his current contract at Newcastle, and he could try to get a loan deal somewhere, so he becomes a free agent next summer, and then can negotiate a good deal for himself, since no transfer fee will be involved.
These three wingers have no future at Newcastle, and will not be at the club come September, and will either move out permanently or on loan for next season.
That looks almost a certainty now.
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