The stand-off between Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and French winger Ben Arfa had no winners, let’s make that perfectly clear – both parties had some responsibility for what happened.
Ben Arfa – while at Newcastle for four years since August, 2010
But Ben Arfa has now come out and said he was not treated well by the staff at Newcastle in his last few months on Tyneside, before he was shipped out on loan to Hull City for the last year of his contract, and he will become a free agent next summer.
Ben Arfa will never return to Newcastle.
This is what the 13 times capped French International has said today to Canal+ in France:
“When they put you in the reserves, when they change your number during pre-season, when all of the staff are hostile to you, of which I cannot speak about today – it is difficult to explain but I will not forget,”
That’s not particularly a good advertisement for Newcastle United, and we cannot think what Ben Arfa did to warrant such treatment from Newcastle this year.
We know he is a difficult player to manage and he has a history of that – and he had fallen out with then Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps when he first arrived at Newcastle in August of 2010.
But if all he did was confront the Newcastle manager in the dressing room after some of our many losses in the second half of last season – that doesn’t sound enough to receive the treatment he got from the Newcastle manager and it seems the staff too.
But we really don’t know what happened and we suppose the full truth will eventually come out sometime in the future, but this is one of the reasons Newcastle fans are against Alan Pardew – we could have used Ben Arfa’s ability to win games this season.
Even if he doesn’t track back and defend as he should do.
It’s a very sad case on both sides.
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