It appears that Hatem Ben Arfa’s career is once again stalled a little bit with PSG making him available on loan for the rest of the season.
After Ben Arfa left Newcastle and when he was finally allowed to play for Nice last season under current Southampton manager Claude Puel, he had a great season and scored 18 goals in 37 total appearances and was quickly signed up by his home town club PSG last summer.
Ben Arfa was a free agent at the time after his contracthas run out at Nice and he signed a two year deal with the Paris club.
Ben Arfa – while at Newcastle
But he has again been criticized by the new PSG coach Unai Emery, for not working hard enough both in training and in the games.
He has played 15 times with one goal for PSG but hasn’t been given much playing time in Paris.
There was news a few days ago that Turkish club Besiktas were willing to take him on loan, but no more developments on that front.
Ben Arfa has already said he would be willing to return to Newcastle, which raised a few eyebrows among supporters.
But we cannot see Rafa Benitez bringing Ben Arfa back to the club when the manager demands 100% in both training and in games from all his players.
Ben Arfa is currently at the PSG training camp in Tunis and has said this about his future and his challenges at PSG:
“I remain confident about my future.” “The first six months have been a little bit difficult but that’s life.”
“There are challenges.” “You have to accept it and keep plugging away.”
We have to say that with the skills Ben Arfa has been blessed with he just hasn’t made enough of those skills which are on a par with Cristian Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
But those two world-class players have the determination, dedication and desire to be the best players in the world and have worked very hard to accomplish that.
The same cannot be said of Ben Arfa, although he did score two of the greatest individual goals ever seen at St. James’ Park against Blackburn and Bolton in 2012.
Most fans would love Ben Arfa to return to Newcastle, but it’s just not going to happen.