Fans will always be divided on Hatem Ben Arfa.

That includes Newcastle supporters.

With some seeing all of the positives, whilst others only seeing the negatives, with not a great many people in between.

One thing surely everybody can agree on though, is that the winger is capable of real brilliance.

The description of flawed genius surely could have been written for him.

His stay at PSG has been nothing short of a disaster after previously having a stellar season when his 17 goals in 33 Ligue One starts propelled Nice from nowhere into European competition.

Living his dream he joined PSG, even though knowing he wouldn’t be playing every week.

However, there is not playing every week and…not playing every week.

Hatem Ben Arfa made only five league starts in 2016/17 and minimal involvement (122 minutes) in the Champions League, only for things to get far worse.

After falling out with PSG, the winger hasn’t played a single minute of competitive football in these past 15 months and indeed hasn’t even made it onto the subs bench.

Despite that, it has now been revealed that 10 clubs have already indicated their interest in taking the 31 year old on, once his contract finishes at the end of June.

L’Equipe say that concrete offers have already been made by Tigres (Mexico), Rubin Kazan (Russia) and Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine).

As well as that trio, Fenerbahce and Besiktas registered their interest some time ago but haven’t as yet made a formal offer.

As for French clubs, both Lyon and Rennes have went public in wanting to take him,

Whilst over in Spain, Valencia, Villarreal and Sevilla are all keen to sign Hatem Ben Arfa up.

The French newspaper say that the winger has told his agents that he is looking at a club who can give him European football, so that helps narrow it down.

Maybe a surprise that no English clubs are showing interest, in a player who can turn on the magic at times.

Rafa Personalised NUFC Gifts



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Magic on his day,
    Pardewed !

    • Wor Lass

      Agree with the first line but all his woes are self-inflicted.

  • Leazes.

    His treatment showed that the club was hostile to the fans…. and still is.

    • Wor Lass

      I`m sure I`ve said this to you before but here goes again. Hatem Brian Arfa – he`s not the Geordie messiah, just a very naughty boy! Everybody`s out of step except him. He scored probably the best goal I`ve ever seen at SJP, and on his day he was terrific, but he has a self-destruct button and can`t resist pushing it.

  • I know most of the fans would like to have Ben Arfa back but his wage demands and most certainly his current match fitness are not worth it.

  • Foggy

    Wasted career even though he has had multiple opportunities to turn things around. When you have the team spirit we have, why risk that bringing in a player with a poor attitude? Great on his day bu I wonder if even Rafa could motivate him.

  • Mrkgw

    Gifted player on his day. A real impact choice who would get supporters on the edge of their seats. Will we sign him? Hot a hope unfortunately. If Rafa doesn’t rate Mitros work ethic, what chance would HBA have!

  • panther

    Love to have him back

  • Mxpx

    Great player… Doesn’t get his tackles in benitez would never play him

  • Liam Hogg

    Wasted in this country where people value running around like an idiot for 90 minutes over talent & skill

    • Foggy

      Wasted in France as well then. Maybe he needs to go to China if he wants a game. Still, I’m sure he’ll find somebody to blame.

      • Liam Hogg

        He wasn’t absolutely crucified in France for not tracking back though, a mean god forbid an attacker might you know…attack.

        • Foggy

          No, they just didn’t play him. Fifteen months without a game and he only wants a team playing in Europe. It’ll take him until Christmas to get into shape and that’s if he starts today.

          • Liam Hogg

            Well when you’ve got Draxler, Pastore, Di Maria, Mbappe, Neymar & until January moura you’d struggle for a game. A wouldn’t worry about his fitness he’ll be fine. A hope he’s a success next season to prove the knuckle draggers wrong

  • paul mclaughlan

    Awful player (apart from a handful of games) who we need to forget about.

    • nufcslf

      Actually had an awful clueless c**t for a manager in Pisdew. All he ever needed was a Sir Bobby type manager and would have been a world beater. Can’t teach natural skill, but does need a football brain to go with it.

      • Down Under Mag

        He would have been amazing in Sir Bobby’s team. There are times in football when a free role for a talented player is just what you need, much like Robert had under him only Ben Arfa is a much more talented player. He suffered from being micro-managed by Pardew who did everything he could to nullify his attacking threat…yes he was lazy out of possession but played as a number 10 he would have been lethal and then in that position he would have been a lot more free to lose the ball, not track back properly and still not be a liability.

        Having said all that there is NO WAY he would ever fit into a Rafa side…so we may as well forget about him.

        • nufcslf

          Very true. Just a shame their are so few player’s with his natural talent and they either waste it themselves or many fans just can”t see it. You are right and best forgotten.

  • heretickle

    Looking back, I think Hatem Ben Arfa showed more loyalty to the fans of NUFC than Yohan Cabaye. Cabaye was brilliant but acted as a petulant brat. All Ben Arfa wanted to do was entertain the fans. Both were way too talented to be man managed by a Pardew and contracted by an Ashley