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Hatem Ben Arfa sidelined for third PSG match due to lack of effort in training

5 years ago

Things appear to be falling apart once again for Hatem Ben Arfa at his latest club.

Joining PSG after his one year contract at Nice ended, the former Newcastle winger had the choice of numerous clubs but chose the French champions and the potential of winning trophies and competing in the Champions League.

Hatem Ben Arfa started and scored in the French Super Cup (equivalent of Charity Shield) on 6 August as PSG beat Lyon 4-1.

Things then seemed to be going ok as Ben Arfa started one Ligue 1 game and appeared as a sub in two more, before the international break at the end of August.

Following that break, Hatem Ben Arfa started the next match which was a 1-1 draw with St Etienne but was subbed after 68 minutes.

Since then he has been totally left out of the squad for both the Champions League game last Tuesday against Arsenal, then once again was nowhere to be seen when PSG demolished Caen 6-0 in a league game on Friday.

Monday has now brought confirmation that Hatem Ben Arfa has once again been left out of the PSG squad, the team from the capital set to face Dijon on Tuesday night.

Now over in France, GFFN say that they have been told by informed sources that PSG Manager Unai Emery believes that Hatem Ben Arfa has not been working hard enough in training to justify a place in the squad.

The GFFN report adding that the statistical data collected by PSG from training sessions, backs up the Manager’s belief that the player isn’t putting the energy needed into the training sessions.

The French media outlet also confirm that Ben Arfa’s representatives have been briefing journalists over the course of the last week, telling them that the player is desperate to fight for his place at the Parisian club BUT at the same time saying that there has been multiple clubs from Spain and England who have made clear they’d be interested in taking Hatem on loan come January.


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