Hatem Ben Arfa has every right to be bitter about his last few months at Newcastle, but life is just too short to bear grudges, and the Newcastle winger has come out and said how he was really touched when he returned to St. James’ Park last Saturday – but as a Hull City player.
Hatem Ben Arfa – doesn’t want Pardew fired
This is what Ben Arfa said to Canal + a few days ago, some of which we have already published:
“Returning to St.James’ Park really touched me, it made me happy, it was weird though being back there as a visitor.”
“ I do not blame Alan Pardew, I do not want him fired, the important thing is to develop myself.” “It was the last five minutes of the transfer window when I arrived at Hull.”
“The manager Steve Bruce has built something interesting and I think we can expect to be in the top ten.”
In this same interview he had said he was not treated well by the Newcastle staff, and he had said he would not forget that – but we see Ben Arfa is again talking about developing himself as a person.
It’s something he talked about when he first arrived at Newcastle, and for the first two or three years at Newcastle he did well both on and off the field and Alan Pardew even went out of his way to say he had been well behaved.
It was only last season that things kind of fell apart for Ben Arfa, and he was basically ostracized by manager Alan Pardew and it seems the coaching staff, earlier this year.
Maybe it was the crushing news he had heard about his former team-mate Jonas Gutierrez, who is fighting testicular cancer, which has now spread to other parts of his body, that may have brought out some tolerance from the French winger.
We don’t know, but Jonas’ great courage in adversity puts life in perspective for other people – and we find out what’s really important in life.
It’s not about holding grudges.
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