The Magpies loanee may have wasted his opportunity at Hull.
Alan Pardew was on the brink and many Newcastle supporters were frankly disgusted with the decision to let the creative Frenchman leave on loan.
Hull boss Steve Bruce, meanwhile, was touted as the manager to save Newcastle from Pardew's clutches.
How things change.
According to the Daily Mail, Ben Arfa may have disgraced himself at Hull, infuriating Bruce enough to have him sent back to Newcastle early.
The report states: "Steve Bruce is ready to terminate Hatem Ben Arfa’s loan spell at Hull City after dragging him off just 35 minutes into their 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.
"Bruce is furious with Ben Arfa for his attitude during the clash - the Hull manager’s 700th game in management - at his former club.
"It is understood that another issue arose at half-time between Bruce and Ben Arfa when the players made their way into the dressing room.
"Bruce immediately axed him from the clash with Everton in midweek and is unlikely to feature in their Barclays Premier League fixture against West Brom on Saturday."