Hatem Ben Arfa will become a free agent next summer, and he has already played his last game for Newcastle United – and for the record he played 86 games with 14 goals and 18 assist in four seasons at Newcastle, and that’s not many, but he hardly played that first season when he suffered a double fracture of his left leg at Manchester City.
Ben Arfa played the whole game at Arsenal on Saturday
Ben Arfa came to Newcastle with a history of having poor relationships with his previous managers, but at Newcastle he seemed to get on well with Alan Pardew, and even seemed to have matured on Tyneside.
But then early this year there were a couple of dressing room arguments with the Newcastle manager after a couple of defeats, and those led to Ben Arfa being ostracized at Newcastle – and he went out on loan to Hull City on the last day of the summer transfer window, although many Geordie fans were not too happy about that.
This is what Ben Arfa has told Sport Confidential:
“In the past, I only thought about myself. I thought I was alone in the world.” “I am very fragile, too fragile.¨
“Being a free agent next summer? It is huge pressure. I have used up all my credits. It is like playing Mario – I have one life remaining, I have to take care, but I will take on the challenge.¨
“Playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe? I will achieve it.”
Hatem Ben Arfa is a very gifted footballer, in fact one of the most gifted players in the world, if the truth be told.
But unfortunately, he has never fulfilled his tremendous promise as a footballer, and it may be due to some temperament issues and his personality.
But he can still come through as a footballer, but whether some big club will pick him up next summer is debatable – although a club like PSG or Monaco in his home country would very likely take the chance.
Unfortunately his career at Newcastle United is now over, and there’s something very sad about that somehow. 🙁
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