Could Newcastle fall-out benefit Arsenal ?

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Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa may well be the kind of player Arsenal desperately needs.

The Mirror reports that Newcastle United’s Ben Arfa could be shown the exit after falling out with boss Alan Pardew and his fellow Newcastle teammates.

Immensely talented, the French international star has struggled for game time at Newcastle, largely due to a number of niggling (but not serious) injuries.

Following Newcastle’s recent bad slump in form - losing five of their last six Premier League matches - Ben Arfa is said to have questioned Pardew’s decisions, and was again involved in a heated debate with the Magpies boss after the recent loss at Stoke City.

With reports suggesting Ben Arfa will be sold this summer, it's surely the perfect opportunity for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to make a move.

The Gunners, of course, lack strength in depth going forward, with the likes of Tomas Rosicky often played out of position as cover. In fact, Arsenal’s biggest weakness in recent months has been the lack of pace of their front men, and the seeming inability of the forward players to run with the ball.

Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all have the necessary skills, of course, but injuries have taken their toll at various times throughout season, and those brought in as cover simply don't have the same qualities.

27-year-old Ben Arfa, however, is one the great dribblers in the game and, with the ball at his feet, he is at times mesmerising. In just 13 Premier League starts for Newcastle this season, the former Marseille wizard has scored three goals and assisted with a further three - but his most telling contribution for the team has been his 67 successful dribbles – 22 more than Arsenal’s highest-ranking player, Santi Cazorla.

With Wenger on the look-out for quality to beef up his squad, Ben Arfa would surely be a useful additional who would provide the energy, passion and skill that the team has been missing of late.

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