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French Winger Open To Arsenal Move Despite Chelsea Interest

Arsenal have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa, with the player open to a move to the Emirates, according to reports.

Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal are linked with a move for Hatem Ben Arfa.

Hatem Ben Arfa

Arsenal have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa, according to the Mirror.

The report claims that the Blues have been tracking the 25-year-old for some time and are lining up a summer bid for the exciting winger.

But Arsenal have now expressed an interest in bringing the Frenchman to the Emirates, as manager Arsene Wenger continues his summer overhaul having already signed German striker Lukas Podolski as well as being strongly linked with Montpellier hitman Olivier Giroud.

The Mirror claim that Ben Arfa would welcome a move to north London due to concerns over a switch to the European champions, with the player thought to be worried about his chances of playing regular first team football at Stamford Bridge.

Ben Arfa is currently away with the France squad at Euro 2012 and enjoyed an excellent season with Newcastle last term. He was an integral part of the side, scoring 6 goals during the second half of the season as the Geordies made an unlikely push for a top four finish, eventually having to settle for the Europa League after finishing fifth.

FT Verdict

With Chelsea already signing Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, and being linked with a whole host of other attacking talent, you can see why Ben Arfa might be slightly concerned over his first team chances st the Bridge.

But it’s not like he wouldn’t have plenty of competition at Arsenal either, in fact he only really cemented his place in the Newcastle side during the second half of the season.

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Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Ben Arfa’s and was linked with him before he joined Newcastle in 2010, but the only way I’d see the French boss moving for him now is if Theo Walcott left Arsenal this summer. Likewise, a move to Stamford Bridge may only happen if Daniel Sturridge is to leave Chelsea, so I don’t see the tricky winger moving to London any time soon.

Would you like to see Ben Araf at your club? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. ibrahim gabji kano 9j

    June 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    wenger buy him with podoski groud mvilla ben arfa and skrtel will win champion primier f.a

    • Basileus

      June 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Him no go. Him stay Newcastle.

      • doctore

        June 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

        Hahahahaha,but him go Arsenal

        • Lyle

          June 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

          Hahahaha,no,no but him stay at Toon no go Landan its far too violent and unstable there.On top of that no beaches, countryside, fresh air,etc etc:

    • nas

      June 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      can winger buy all this players hi mentio? m’villa,ben arfa,giroud de jong.guys is much for him but let us pray to god so that hi should open way for him,up gunners

  2. Phil K

    June 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The contempt for Newcastle from the English football press is utterly repulsive. The fact that Ben Arfa has repeatedly said he’s quite happy at Newcastle, and that everything he’s “supposed” to have said is from a Liverpool fans site quoting bits of quotes from him over MONTHS and splicing them together (and adding “big club” – which he has NEVER said, of course the scouse turd is referring to his own club….who get nearly 10,000 LESS than Newcastle in attendances)
    We Newcastle fans expected this, of course as we ALWAYS get it. Even SPURS for God’s sake. A club that struggle to get 40,000.
    Even Cabaye’s claims that he’s happy at Newcastl;e haven’t stopped you lot having HIM eager to go to YOUR clubs. Cisse and Tiote have both said they’re going nowhere, but the London/Manchester journo mafia are LIVID they’re doing it for Newcastle, so they’re trying to say THEY are off.
    Remember Krul and Collocinni were off, according to you lot ?
    Then they signed long term, contracts…..and you lot pretended you never linked them at all….

    • doctore

      June 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

      I honestly think if arsenal went in with a serious bid he would give us some serious consideration,’the pull of champions’ league footbal’ players find it hard to resist,and to play for a club with some sort of reckonning,you never know he might have other ideas

      • Vaibhav

        June 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        For tat arsenal will hav to 1st please newcastle wit their bid.. Newcastle aren’t prepared to sell him for anythin less than 26million pounds..!! which is very very unlikely..!!

  3. musa

    June 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Would love 2 see hatem Ben arfa in arsenal it will be like chelsea gettin hazard

  4. Ismail

    June 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I wil b happi 2 c ben arfa

  5. Ismail

    June 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I wil b happi 2 c ben arfa in arsenal colour

  6. Ismail

    June 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Arsenal pls sign him

  7. Dini Fela

    June 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Is beter than wolcott and fantastic addition to us

  8. Sunny

    June 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    i have watched his games last season. He is excepationally quicky and tricky. He would be a good fill in at mid field.!

  9. kormee

    June 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    no offence arsenal its a load of caca , media bullshit , besides you dont pay high fees for players hes tied to newcastle fo another 5 years and if andy carol was worth 35 mill to us what is ben worth , besides arsenal would’nt pay the 25 mill + we would slap on him so sorry guys keep dreaming its nice i suppose aint it 🙂

  10. Sol

    June 21, 2012 at 10:12 am

    He’d be a good addition and I wouldn’t mind seeing him at the emirates but he’s not really a priority now. Once we’ve signed giroud, m’vila, a cover rb and a cover goalkeeper then go for him.

  11. Ben

    June 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Better than Walcott anytime.

  12. Ugochukwu

    June 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    He is a gud player bt d amount is £20m nd wenger won’t buy a player more dan £15m, lets buy mvila first b4 tinkn of getn him

  13. Byron

    June 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Better than Walcott? Stats say otherwise and to be honest he is a very hard player to manage.

    He is a good player at newcastle and he should stay there for the good of his career.

  14. ballerfan2

    June 21, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Where do these stories come from – and why? They’re obviously a figment of journalist’s imagination. The fact is Newcastle don’t want to sell and don’t need the money. More importantly Ben Arfa is delighted with his Newcastle career so far and has no inclination to move anywhere just now.

  15. Faruk AK

    June 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I prepare welcort than ben arfa ia chelsea

  16. Hhh

    June 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Learn how to spell dumb arse..

  17. Alabi o,h

    June 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Pls wenger,get dis guy 4 us nd 4 d beter of d club.

  18. loose_cannon

    June 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    As mentioned in the article, he wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter for arsenal either but i would much rather have him then Gervinho. Part of me wants him to stay at newcastle though, it would be better for the league and i would like to see newcastle in the CL. But not at our expense of course!

  19. Dan

    June 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    i will very happy to Ben arfa

  20. Dan

    June 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    i will be happy to see Ben arfa

  21. Asephobia

    June 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I wil luv 2 c him in emirate stadium nxt season,but is a mata of money i dnt tink mr wenger can pay such amnt £20 but is good additional 2 arsenal squad,but lets sign m’vila first b4 talking of ben arfa or anyone else.UP GUNNERS

  22. Alawode olaniran

    June 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    It will be a Good asset for the team. This will bring back the old glory to arsenal.

  23. Nic

    June 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    No quotes? Give me a break and stop trying to unsettle players.

  24. james

    June 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

    We wont sign him and neither will Chelsea, put it this way there are cheaper options out there like Marvin Martin, Xeridan Shaquiri or Christian Erickson. Plus we already have Gervinho, Walcott, Chamberlain and Ryo who can play in wide areas. Unless one of the fore mentioned players leave then we will not sign a wide player it would be a waste of money when we need to invest in more key areas.

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