Ligue 1

Former Newcastle United man lifts lid on ‘nightmare’ stint

Ben ArfaNewcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern will be closing the doors on former star Hatem Ben Arfa after saying that his time on Tyneside was hell.

The Frenchman had a difficult final few months at St James’ Park as he was frozen out of the frame by then manager Alan Pardew.

He was then loaned out to Hull City in the 2014-15 season but that spell was cut short as he failed to impress Tigers manager Steve Bruce.

The 28-year-old has since returned to his native France with Nice which was delayed by six months to FIFA regulations but has thrived on his return as he has managed seven goals in 10 appearances so far in Ligue 1.

Ben Arfa has been rewarded by Didier Deschamps as he was called up for the national side for the latest set of friendlies and will be looking to secure a place in the side for the Euro 2016 tournament next summer.

Despite his excellent form he still can’t get over the final few months in Newcastle as he gave a frank assessment to France Football, which was translated and republished by The Chronicle.  He was quoted by France Football saying:

“It was a very, very difficult period. The worst of my career. It was as if (my) hell began (at) Newcastle.”

 “There, on the first day back in August 2014, I was placed directly with the reserves. A terrible situation. Weeks passed and I was always with these young 16 and 17-year-olds on land away from those pros. I did not understand. They gave me a nightmare. It was full of little cheap shots.”

“I had the feeling of being locked in a dark room without a door, or in an endless room.”

Newcastle fans what do you think? Were Hatem Ben Arfa’s comments Fair? Comment below!

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