“He wants to play in front of a stadium full of Newcastle fans”

Hatem wants to stay.
Hatem wants to stay.
The Journal finally delivered us with some potentially good news on Saturday, with Mark Douglas reporting that fan favorite Hatem Ben Arfa is ready to commit his long term future to Newcastle United. I know I’m a bit late reporting this one and I do apologize for the delay, but hey it’s a good talking point.

It’s been a rather bleak week for news, beginning with the unpopular appointment of Joe Kinnear which has been followed by multiple rumors of player unrest and various spats at the club. It was largely becoming a case of what fresh bit of humiliation will we endure today whenever picking up a newspaper or checking News Now for updates. If The Journal is to be trusted then it seems we may have something to smile about at last.

Hatem Ben Arfa has attracted a lot of interest as of late both in England and from abroad. The Frenchman’s future has been the subject of speculation for some time, with one paper even suggesting that the club were willing to cash in. Ben Arfa has quashed any talk of a summer departure by insisting he has ‘no interest’ in joining the likes of Liverpool or Monaco, two clubs that have been heavily linked with the player. Benny is keen to extend his stay on Tyneside and he could get his wish as contract talks are said to be in place as early as this week.

Hatem has always spoke of his fondness for the Newcastle fans. A source close to the player spoke of the attacker’s intentions:

β€œHatem doesn’t want to go to Monaco or Paris Saint Germain, he wants to play in front of a stadium full of Newcastle fans who feel the same way about him as he does about them,”



I have to say I am pleasantly surprised, I thought that Ben Arfa would be weighing up his options this summer following our disastrous campaign last season. Hatem has had a bit of a reputation in the past of being a bit a sulker, something that has hindered him massively at times. To be honest as happy as I was when we signed him I was very conscious of the fact that he threatened to go on strike at Marseille to force through his transfer to Newcastle. I thought we were signing someone with a lots of ability but a poor attitude and someone that probably wouldn’t want to stick around for too long.

Since we have had him I don’t recall him spitting the dummy at all to be and I think he’s matured massively since moving to England. His initial loan move turned permanent as he became Alan Pardew’s first signing as Newcastle manager. Hatem was still recovering from that horrific injury sustained at the hands of Nigel De Jong when Pardew arrived. The injury didn’t put Alan off adding Ben Arfa to the squad on a permanent basis, which probably says a lot about Hatem’s character.

It sounds terrible but I was almost waiting for him to decide he wanted to move on for one reason or another, I certainly didn’t feel last seasons disappointment would help us keep hold of our ‘purples’ come the start of the new season. It seems I was very premature with my opinion as the player seems as happy as ever at the club, which is great to hear. Let’s hope the contract talks are really penciled in for this week. With Colo already committing himself to the club next season, it’s nice to hear that Benny wants to follow suit.

Get in Ben Arfra!

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166 thoughts on ““He wants to play in front of a stadium full of Newcastle fans”

  1. JJ – Indykaila is the new cwarr07 chats bull.
    Hes had us linked with gervinho, bony, carroll, bent, etc etc

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  2. Ice…I haven’t seen much of Bony but the few games I have, he managed to out pace the defence once or twice, as I said, I’m not saying he’s fast but he’s certainly not as slow as people are making out(Aussie’s slower πŸ˜‰ )…of course it may have just been the defence were slow as fuck making him seem quicker, just like Aussie makes us seem quicker πŸ˜†

    Ref the seafood, can’t stand it mate….queue Aussie with a seafood diet “joke” πŸ™„

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  3. Quite frankly Bony and Pea would be pretty good.
    But who could see that? 😎

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  4. RICHIE didnt mean for you to eat the sea food i know your very careful with your diet being a very slim chap,just wanted to know if you remember it there,
    well i thought the defenders were very slow to make him look faster on the eye πŸ˜€ ,aussie is good on sea food diet everything he sees he eats πŸ˜†

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  5. Andy – I always feel like I’m breaking the law when I watch Laura Robson playing tennis tho mate, not sure how old she is now but she’s a young un isn’t she?.

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  6. Richie what are you trying to say that Aussie is a bit backward and predictable πŸ˜†
    As for the Bony and Pea stuff I just cant see us getting them tbh

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  7. LST – unless Cisse leaves mate. Weren’t Anzi interested in him and the Wonga thing still rumbles on. If Cisse leaves would it be so inconceivable that Bony and PEA could be bought?

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  8. Sharpy
    She’s a little bit older than me so its all good πŸ˜€ . My dad used to work with her dad, at Shell down in London.

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  9. @magpiewatch1

    “Reports: Wilfried bony offer of 12 million accepted by Vitesse and he is expected to fly into Newcastle for a medical later this week” #nufc

    πŸ™„ πŸ™„

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  10. CC
    Will wait till he’s pictured holding a Newcastle top before I believe any of the ITK rubbish.

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  11. <<<<<<<<<<< prefers pea to bony,bony aint very quick peeps make out he is but he aint

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  12. @BIG DAVE
    <<<<<<<<<<< loved ginola and robert, mark my words we will be back here this time next year, afra will have had a season, very much like the last and peeps will still be on here claiming, hes the best thing since sliced bread.

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  13. Too many people buying youngsters on fifa and thinking they will increase to 80’s in 2 seasons in real life

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