The Ben Arfa love story nearly never happened.

Hatem Ben Arfa.

Hatem Ben Arfa.
Benny's serious setback.
It’s a story that quite literally could have been taken straight from the movies.

A tale of one mans struggle to escape from a midget militant (Deschamps) only for him to fall in love in love with an unlikely match (Newcastle) only for that fleeting romance to be cut short by the nasty man (de Jong) forcing the chap to go away, only for his feelings towards this unlikely match to strengthen in his absence.

You get the point anyway. It certainly appears as though Ben Arfa has a lot of love for Newcastle at the minute, and given that he is back on Tyneside today I reckon that we’ll start to hear a bit more about his new found willingness towards the black and white cause.

This is not a one way love though – this is a two-way street as NUFC fans also have a lot of love for Ben Arfa even though we have only really seen fleeting glimpses of the lad in action. From what we have seen, and if he can get to back the kind of display that he showed at Everton, Benny is a special player. The kind of player that us Toon fans love to love.

It could have been very different though and we are lucky to have Ben Arfa back with us after he revealed that he faced the prospect of losing a limb 😯 after contracting an infection on his stricken leg.

He said: β€œI needed a second operation because I had an infection. It was a big infection which could have been very dangerous. I was told that I could have had my leg cut off if they didn’t operate on me very quickly.”

β€œYou take a blow, that’s for sure, and I started seeing myself as someone whose career was over, who no longer plays football.”

I never realised just how serious his injury was. Granted it wasn’t the injury itself that has caused this extended absence, but I somehow doubt that Ben Arfa would have got an infection under normal circumstances.

To me this just raises further question marks over the players ability going forward. All being well there will be no lasting effects and Benny will return as bright as a button, almost as though nothing ever happened. Personally though, I have my doubts but only time will tell on that score.

It’s still a long road back for Benny and there is still a lot to overcome so his recovery must be taken one step at a time. Early estimates suggest that we could see Benny back in black and white action in around a month, but that is if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

What we need to do, as fans, is play it cool. It can be hard, especially for us lot, but we shouldn’t be putting any excess pressure on the lad. Let him return when he is good and ready. Not before. It’s natural to get excited as he is one of those players that can get you that way, but we need to temper that emotion and excitement.

Benny’s time will come again.

46 thoughts on “The Ben Arfa love story nearly never happened.

  1. the lad deserves a medal for what has happend to him , he been to hell and back , just hope he comes back stronger and better than ever haway the toon

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  2. Good to see Benny is back on tyneside like. Its pretty shocking about the infection like, imagine if he had’ve had his leg amputated, scary stuff like. Best thing now is to get him strong and back to his best and not rush the lad

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  3. Hopefully he will get back to his best. The scars are probably worse mentally than physically. No need to rush him – I think we are safe and should ease him in gently. I’d rather he was 100% fit for next season and not rushed back too quickly

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  4. Assuming we are safe- I’d give him a few minutes run out in the final home match- just to get an ovation from the supporters and reward him for his hard work.

    Besides that- let’s save him for next year

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  5. Well hope to see him back soon, but not too soon, make sure he is 100% fit, although it is killing me and others having to wait, it is for the best πŸ˜₯

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  6. see United are appealing the ban, Rooney could end up missing the trip to St James’ after-all…

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  7. Can’t believe its been a year like, went so quick. Remember Nolans over head kick like it was yesterday.

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  8. Made the trip up to SJP for that game slightly gutted that we had already been promoted tho.

    loved ‘stand up if you’re already up’ chant tho!

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  9. Aye, it was Peterborough away and then Sheffield Utd at home in the space of 3 days.

    Just our luck that Forest would draw before our game so it was a bit of a anti-climax πŸ˜†

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  10. Aye I remember watching the Cardiff v Nottm Forest game and wehn that result went our way it was a it of an anti-climax as we didn’t get it done ourselves. Mind you, still glad we won the game like πŸ˜‰

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  11. Shame we didn’t clinch it at Peterborough away, would have been quality if we did. The atmosphere was already class.

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  12. We got one of the softest penalties I can remember when Morgan ‘pulled’ Carroll down. Mind you I can’t stand Morgan πŸ‘Ώ

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  13. it was a mad season sunday we were at cardiff 2 days later i was in blackpool then on the sat home to bristol city never done so much traveling in all my life πŸ˜€

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  14. Aye it was brilliant. The fans made it for me. Apart from Forest they were all spot on, even Cardiff. No trouble, just banter.

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  15. Pearce – Singing? 😯

    That was the game that some old chap shouted at me for singing. If he’d not bee older he’d have got a belt from me πŸ‘Ώ

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  16. Forest wasn’t great like, that was when I realized to check the ref and assistant when we score because I was going crazy until I realized Nolan’s goal didn’t count πŸ™

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  17. When we got there we all got separated and Liam nearly got kicked out for trying to sit next to me πŸ˜†

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  18. Thinking about it, I’ve been telly a few times πŸ˜•

    Stoke (two times, once when I had a minging hangover and looked like shite in the relegation season so they interviewed me). Forest, Cardiff, Peterborough.

    I’ll be as famous as that fat fecker soon πŸ˜†

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  19. I’m glad I wasn’t spotted on TV when we got relelagted at Villa, some of the pictures of people crying πŸ˜†

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  20. I stood about 5 seats down from one of them fat barstewards at the Emirates.

    Felt sorry for the fella’s stood either side of him… when Carroll scored he raised his arms and the pair of them got bitch-slapped by his bingo wings! Eurghhh!!!

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  21. TC, if it’s the same guy, the same thing happened to me at Peterborough he was was horrible.

    Krul chucked his gloves into the crowd and he got them just ahead of me πŸ‘Ώ

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  22. TOONSY i would never slag rich off πŸ™„

    pleased for benny but as the lads that have played the game know when your on the pitch you play the game with your head,just hope comes good in that respect

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