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Ben Arfa – Punishment From God?

9 years ago
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Interviewed in the French newspaper ‘Le Parisien’ (4th January) on his terrible injury suffered in October 2010 following a tackle from Nigel de Jong , Hatem Ben Arfa gave this interesting perspective:

“In a way this injury is a punishment from God.

I deserved it because at a certain time I was perhaps not correct. I have deserved everything that has happened to me in my career. I have done lots of things which were not moralistic but I have understood that I was not always right”.

An interesting perspective and quite deep compared to what normally passes for incisive comment form a footballer in eth Premier League.

Hatem is clearly a talented football and proved that with a stunning bit of skill against Blackburn in the Cup that was just mind-blowing, that skill level as good as any other player home and abroad.

The Ben Arfa quotes though also point to a very emotional character who like a lot of flair players maybe needs an arm around the shoulders and the support of manager, players and fans, he’s got mine for sure.

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