Ben Arfa’s loan move to Hull City was completed almost two hours after the transfer window closed at 11:00 pm on Monday night, 1st September, and it was like pouring gasoline (petrol) on a fire, as the Newcastle fans erupted and turned against manager Alan Pardew, who seemed to push the Frenchman out of the door.
Ben Arfa – on loan to Hull City
And in Alan Pardew’s first meeting with the press since that event, the manager was asked whether it will be a risk for Newcastle to have let the creative goal scoring Frenchman leave:
“It would have been an easy decision to keep him,” “But you have to make tough decisions and I made the decision because I think the players we have here have a love and a passion for the club, the shirt and for the fans.”
“Is it a risk to let Hatem Ben Arfa go? Not in my opinion.’” “That thank you to the fans was a decision he made with his PR company.”
“As far as we are concerned, what’s important with the players here is that they represent the jersey with honesty and truth and love.” “That’s all we concentrate on, the players we have here.”
“I respond to pressure like I always do,’ ‘Everybody in the Premier League has it coming, but for me it’s come a little bit quicker than I expected and I have to deal with that.”
That response from Alan Pardew seems to be similar to the thinking of Harry Redknapp on Ben Arfa, but Alan seems to be inferring that Ben Arfa’s actions are more PR than anything else.
And the comment that the players left at Newcastle love the club, would suggest that Ben Arfa didn’t, although the evidence over the last four years is that Ben Arfa loved being at the Tyneside club.
He left Marseilles and wanted to play for one club – Newcastle United – and he made that very clear at the time.
The next few games for Newcastle and Alan Pardew in particular, are very important and we have to start picking up some points, starting at Southampton on Saturday.
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