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Hatem Ben Arfa Says “We All Need A Little Bit Of Madness Right Now, Right?”

8 years ago

Hatem Ben Arfa has been in great form on the pitch this season, culminating in his man of the match performance against Aston Villa.

It is not only on the pitch that he has done the business, having giving some excellent quotes during an extensive interview with France Football.

These latest instalments have been expertly translated by Pierre and one quote in particular caught my eye.

When Hatem mentions ‘We all need a little bit of madness right now, right?’, he’s obviously caught his inspiration from our latest magazine cover (see below) which was out on Saturday.

Newcastle – Ben Arfa: “I would like to be quoted among Zidane, Pele, Messi …”

“Never will I admit defeat”

“To leave football without having managed to make my mark in the history of the sport, it would be a failure for me. I know I am still going to be viewed as pretentious or a dreamer, but I still have the ambition to get there. Not by giving my name to the likes of the Panenka the Papinade or Madjer (Players seen as simply mavericks/characters). That is good for YouTube.

No, I think what I want is that in twenty or thirty years’ time, when we speak of the great players of the past, I am mentioned among the  Platini , Zidane , Maradona , Pele , Romario , Messi …

There is still some way to go, but never will I admit defeat. Even when I was on my bed with a broken leg, I never stopped believing. So it is not now that I’m going to give up. It must be to do a little bit with my rebellious, my crazy side. But we all need a little bit of madness right now, right? “

Newcastle – Ben Arfa: “Thauvin will suffer the consequences in order  to understand”

In the columns of France Football, Hatem Ben Arfa gave his perspective on the Thauvin (Newcastle transfer target recently) case. He sees himself a little in the U20 world champion.

The stand-off between Thauvin and LOSC (Lille) continues to be spoken about.These days at the OM (Marseille), the former Bastia striker has used the social media outlets to say his bit and so has Michel Seydoux (President of Lille). Hatem Ben Arfa has also got an opinion on the situation.

“I am facing it all. I know I’ve been someone that people wanted to slap, someone throwing tantrums when things went wrong. I’m not very proud to have rebelled to leave Marseille . Now, obviously I would not do it again. But when I see what happened for example with Thauvin , I do not want to yell at him. I think he will suffer the consequences to understand, to learn … It will be difficult for him from now on because now he has been labelled. In fact, I would want to protect and sympathise with him instead of criticise him. “

Newcastle – Ben Arfa: “Jordan, Djokovic, Bolt … They are all rebels”

Asked about his rebellious image in the columns of France Football , Hatem Ben Arfa cited several sportsmen he considers rebels “well tamed“: “There are well tamed rebels and rebels badly tamed. For me, all the great champions are rebels who have managed to tame their aggression. Jordan , Djokovic , Bolt … they are all rebels. But rebels well managed, well-tuned. While I’ve long been a misdirected rebel with the wrong tune. “

New Hatem Ben Arfa inspired issue of The Mag out now, available from any north east newsagents, or order single copies & subscriptions online.



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