Hatem Ben Arfa – His Challenges And His Future


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.

Comments welcome.



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156 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #1

    83% would have him back.
    Think it would be a good move to. Bring him in for the rest of the season on loan. Would offer something we lack at present… flair and a genuine winger that can beat a man

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #2

    83%
    As good a figure as any to pluck out of the air

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib
    Check the chronicle’s poll before making an stupid comment.
    No wonder ya get so much sh@te on here

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  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #4

    well i for one would NOT want him back even for nowt and definitely not in the championship

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbit
    Not even if he could produce the form he did for Nice ??
    If it came between a choice of Benny or Gouffy I know who I would choose

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  • andrew84

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Leave well alone.

    Second time around rarely works in football. Off the top of my head re-signing Peter Beardsley is the only exception.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Watched him a few times for Psg and I can clearly see why he’s not in the team..

    BUT I would still sign him 🙂

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #8

    jazzyp
    You idiot the Chronic polls – like the polls on here – are totally open and representative of nothing- nada – zilch – zero , and meaningless.

    Are you that stupid that you believe the majority thought Colback was MotM at Blackburn.

    The only way you could tell what the true fans really want is to devise some way of doing a survey on match day at SJP.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d take him. Play him in the No 10 role. Capable of beating a man and creating something out of nothing. After all we are lacking this kind of player

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  • Bambams

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #10

    We have done this one to death…..

    I would not want him for the PL if I am honest (well not the Benny of old) but I would take him no bother for the promotion push. He has what we need against stubborn defences.

    We simply do not have a player who can beat a player and create that space behind. Ben Arfa can

    Imo

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  • Bambams

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Shirebrook

    My way of thinking exactly

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  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #12

    jazzyp

    just not worth the trouble mate
    nice was his purple patch he has one every 2/3 years then goes back to his normal self
    petulant/ huffy //lazy / disruptive just ask any of the long list of managers that got rid of him
    just not worth the trouble

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  • AncientC

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Why would we need Ben Arfa, when we have Perez to play in the number 10 role. If Perez gets injured, there is always Sammy Ameobi to play there – if he stays. Sorted.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Andrew84
    Maybe your right mate, But what we gotta lose if it’s just a loan for the rest of the season.
    Surely you can’t be happy to persist with Gouffy who offers nothing down the flank.And I don’t really think Richie has done that much for the first half of the season.Aarons is just a walking crock, The returning Ameobi I just don’t think is good enough.
    I’m not really one for loans myself but I think it would suit Nufc this season if it helps get us over the line back into the Pl next season

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  • Grafton83

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Take him back in a heartbeat, pardewed a bit last time he was here but if Rafa is the world class manager we all hope he is he could manage HBA, what a talent to have, anyone who votes no is misunderstanding how talented he

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  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Aye same here – Free role and go do your thing. Don’t think Benitez would be up for it though lol

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #17

    His form at Nice when he was on the bones of his arse and shit – scared his career was finished is one of the reasons he ticks folk off so much.

    We all know what he’s capable of with application , but he’s basically an idle lazy worky-ticket.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib the jibberish
    Well done with a yet another personal attack on yet another blogger…clap f@cking clap.
    At least it’s a fact rather than half the bullshit you serve up on here with ya none factual google boll@cks

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #19

    David Luis said if Ben Arfa spent as much time on the training pitches at Camp des Loges as he did in the canteen , he would be a world-beater.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Ancient c

    Perez really mate.The guys gone that backwards at Nufc he’s permanently in reverse.We should have no problem buddy in selling Ayoze at the earliest opportunity along with a few others still in the squad

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  • El Sleeve

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #21

    after being treated poorly by pardew, then not applying himself at hull, has one good season at Nice and throws it all away for a payday with a top team.

    In saying that, 6 month loan, not much to lose, would add something when we’ve looked pretty average last few games, i’d sign him again, esp if PSG arent going to use him

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  • AncientC

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #23

    jazzp, yeah, I was just jesting. I would love to see Ben Arfa back… Colocinni is gone, so there is nobody to cry about getting left on their backside in training anymore.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib, and for the sake of impartiality, why don’t you let us know what Benzema said about Ben Arfa.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #25

    jazzy

    ancient was being sarcastic, you were weren’t you ancient?

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #26

    AncientC
    jazzyp clearly doesn’t do irony
    😀

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  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #27

    well i suppose Greggs would be happy to see him back but not me

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #28

    El sleeve
    I’m not in any way saying Benny is a permanent answer, But is a better option than we currently have at our disposal.
    It’s a guessing game which Ben Rafa would turn up for the rest of the season although I don’t see what we would have to lose

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Ancient
    My bad lol

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  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #30

    jazzy
    a/c was on the wind up with Perez !

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #31

    ”which Ben Rafa would turn up.”

    little freudian slip there

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Ancient C
    Without googling it
    I think he said of the whole of that generation at Claire Fontaine he showed way the most potential !

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Be nice to have him back on loan but I can’t see it seriously happening

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #34

    which is what makes the little Tunisian so friggin annoying

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Rotonda

    Haha.. Rafa on the brain mate

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #36

    And who doesn’t love a greggs lol

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Shirebrook

    Did ya sort some tickets out mate???
    Which part of the ground are ya sitting

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  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #38

    there will young’uns post on here with a 1000th of Ben Arfa’s skill who would give eveything to have what he’s had – spoilt knobber

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Jazzy

    Yeah got tickets for Rotherham game in the Gallowgate mate. Just waiting for them to drop on the door mat

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 4, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #40

    I wish Benny nothing but good things moving forward but not with us he’s just to much of a headache for a settled happy team

    He should of stayed at Nice, he was happy and performing there I understand he couldn’t turn PSG down but it’s a shame he didn’t

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