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Hatem Ben Arfa issues personal statement about his situation

5 years ago

Hatem Ben Arfa has released a personal statement via his Facebook page, as the frustration grows for the one-time Newcastle winger/playmaker.

Turning 30 earlier this month, the French international says he is ‘not demanding anything but simply says ‘All that I want is to be given my chance’.

A dream move has gone really badly for the winger, watching on as PSG crashed out to Barcelona in that dramatic Champions League second leg.

Even more frustrating is being denied the chance to make a difference for his latest side, with only five Ligue 1 starts all season.

Hatem Ben Arfa has only made one league start in the past four months as PSG beat Lille 2-1.

If PSG were flying then it may be slightly easier to take but after dominating in recent times and winning the title by 31 points last season, Monaco though are currently hot favourites to win the league as they lead the team from the capital by three points with only eight matches to play.

Ben Arfa says ‘it would be terrible to accept’ his situation and even though he seems to accept he will have to leave at the end of the season, he just wants to get the chance to prove himself in these remaining weeks of the season.

Despite also getting 18 appearances as a substitute in the league, Hatem has only had 626 minutes in total on the pitch.

A superb season last time for Nice, saw Hatem Ben Arfa score an excellent 17 goals but used so little, he hasn’t managed one league goal all season.

As usual, there has been recent speculation once again about the possibility of a Newcastle return with NUFC fans split as always, with supporters continuing to hold the same positive/negative views that they held when he was still at St James Park.

Hatem Ben Arfa using his Facebook page to send out a message (translated by Get French Footballl News)

“I’m not demanding anything, not playing time, not a specific position.

“All that I want is to be given my chance. I want to feel like there is competition in this team. I am a competitor, I am a champion.

“In my head, I love to win. It is difficult to accept to be a substitute.

“You can accept being on the bench if it is temporary, or if things can be turned around. Instead, it is like it was a punishment.

“If I am given my chance and I do not do well, I will leave on my own accord. I would understand. Today, I do not accept my situation.

“It would be terrible to accept this. I will not give up.

“Up until the end of the season I am going to try to force my destiny.”


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