Having already fallen out with manager Alan Pardew, Hatem Ben Arfa has been left out of the Toon squad for Newcastle’s clash with Arsenal.
Hatem Ben Arfa may have played his last game for Newcastle United after the midfielder posted a message on Instagram revealing that he had not travelled with the Toon squad for their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Monday.
While details remain scarce, the Frenchman took to the social media site to reveal he had remained in the north east, instead of travelling to the capital with the squad.
In a post that also offered support to former Toon hero and current Chelsea forward Demba Ba ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool, the midfielder wrote the following:
“The manager didn’t pick me in the group to go in London for the game against arsenal but it s not problème hope my team will win in émirat stadium to make our fans happy.”
Though offering support to his fellow players, the message and news of Ben Arfa’s absence is only set to fuel further rumours of his imminent departure from St James’ Park.
According to a report from the Express, the 27-year-old recently clashed with manager Alan Pardew, with the Magpies boss ordering the Frenchman to stay away from the club following a serious dressing-room row.
And one team believed to have already expressed an interest in taking the player off Newcastle’s books is AS Roma, with the Serie A side previously linked with a summer bid for the former Marseille star.
Ben Arfa has something of a reputation for being a troublemaker, having previously clashed with players and coaches during the early part of his career in France where he played for both L’OM and Olympique Lyonnais.
His departure would, nevertheless, be a blow to Pardew, who has been the target of criticism from fans unhappy at the way the club is being run and recent results which have seen the Toon lose five on the bounce going into the game at the Emirates.