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Hatem Ben Arfa “I Built Myself Alone In My Own Way”

10 years ago

In a substantial interview back in France, Hatem Ben Arfa has been talking about all aspects of his life.

With parts of the France Football coming through bit by bit via le10sport, here we cover a couple of the aspects of Ben Arfa’s wide ranging interview.

Thanks again to Pierre our trusty translator.

Newcastle – Ben Arfa : “Je pensais que mon talent suffirait pour tout casser”

Newcastle – Ben Arfa: “I thought my talent would be enough to achieve everything”

At Newcastle, Hatem Ben Arfa has found the serenity he needed. After spending time and being noticed at OL and OM , the French international faces his failures and wants to learn.

“I was deceiving myself.

I recognize that for a very long time, modesty was not really my thing. I thought my talent would suffice to impose myself and to achieve everything. As people kept telling me since I was little that I was the best, I believed it.

I was convinced that it would be easy, before accumulating failures. It took time and a bit of intelligence, before I realised that I had lost my way. I was wrong and I was fooling myself.

For a long time there was no one to talk to me, to educate me, to teach me the rules of life. I was left to myself. So I built myself alone in my own way, without paying attention to others. Nobody had any influence on me. I heard what you told me but I was not listening. No word reached me. That’s why I hit several walls.”

Team France: Message from Ben Arfa For Deschamps

After expressing regret with regards to his behaviour at Euro 2012, Hatem Ben Arfa also discussed his future with the Blues for France Football .

Hatem Ben Arfa knows Didier Deschamps well . Currently the head of the Blues, the former coach at the OM has not recalled the Newcastle player . Ben Arfa is well aware that the past is not in his favour, but he is counting on proving his qualities on the Premier League pitches.

“I could bring something to this team.

It is true that our last conversation was fairly heated. But this is not the same forgiveness as with Laurent Blanc. With Blanc, the guilt is much bigger. When someone lends you a hand that soon after you let go, you feel small.

With Deschamps, it’s different. There was a lot of misunderstanding. I would rather explain myself to dispel misunderstandings. Every non-selection is not a stab. It’s just an invitation to do more. I know I could bring something to this team. But to claim something, I need to play top level football with my club, Newcastle United. Shining from time to time will not suffice.  If it works for Newcastle United, I do not see why I could not go back with the Blues.”

It is hard to believe just what a problem player Hatem Ben Arfa was perceived as when playing in France, certainly not in comparison to what we have seen at St.James’ Park.

Nice to hear him speak but let’s just hope we can keep him on the pitch all season.


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