Axed Hatem Ben Arfa misses penalty for Newcastle Under-21's

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Hatem Ben Arfa didn't help his chances of getting back into the first-team by missing a penalty for the Under-21 side.

Hatem Ben Arfa has been frozen out of the Newcastle United team and looks set to depart the club this summer. Alan Pardew recently spoke out about the Frenchman's lack of professionalism saying he doesn't meet the standards set at the club.

Speaking to BBC Newcastle Pardew said "We have a professionalism and a level of commitment to our work that he needs to fall into and until he falls into that he won’t be part of the first team. He isn’t at the moment and he’s injured today, ironically, but he’s still part of the club.

Ben Arfa was given a chance in Monday's Under-21 game with Barnsley and was given a great chance to score for The Magpies when he stepped up to take a penalty. Ben Arfa saw his penalty saved however by Christian Dibble although the match report says he was influential throughout.

Hatem was joined in the team by Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and goal scorers Adam Campbell and Adam Armstrong, however the game was ultimately lost 3-2.

Alan Pardew has been busy in the transfer market this summer and look set to sign Nottingham Forest duo Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow before loaning them back to the club for the season.

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