Hull City have completed the signing of Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa, after the French International was left in no doubt this afternoon by Alan Pardew that he was surplus to requirements at Newcastle, and he would not be in the first team squad at Newcastle this season, even if he stayed on board.
Ben Arfa – a Hull City player
Hull had to seek an extension to get the deal done, since negotiations started so late this afternoon, but the deal has just been announced on the Hull City web-site.
We assume there is a clause in the agreement that Ben Arfa cannot play against Newcastle United this season – and we suppose that’s some good news tonight. 🙁
Hatem Ben Arfa came to Newcastle on loan from Marseilles in the summer of 2010, a club he was desperate to play for, and then he was signed permanently by Alan Pardew in January of the following year, when he still had the double fracture of his left leg, which he suffered against Manchester City on October 3rd of 2010.
In the four seasons Ben Arfa was on Tyneside he played in 86 games with 14 goals and 18 assists – and now he’s gone.
Hatem Ben Arfa being mobbed by Hull fans tonight
In 2012 Alan Pardew himself said that Ben Arfa’s two home goals against Blackburn and Bolton in the 2011-2012 season, were two of the greatest individual goals ever seen at St. James Park since the ground was opened back in 1892 when Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End came together to form Newcastle United.
It’s a very sad way to end Ben Arfa’s career at Newcastle, and we’ll leave it at that.
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