999 Hatem Ben Arfa

Biography

When Hull City “won the transfer window” in August 2014 it was the signing of exciting wide man Ben Arfa, loaned from Newcastle United, that perhaps embodied that victory most acutely.  What a baseless victory it turned out to be, with Ben Arfa’s poor performances being the totemic sign of what went wrong.  A promising game in the League Cup gave City fans hope but by Ben Arfa’s last appearance at Manchester United in late November his form had declined so much that when he was subbed off by Steve Bruce with half an hour gone, Prozone stats had shown that Ben Arfa had covered less ground that City keeper Allan McGregor.  This stat led to the club terminating his season long loan after just 75 days.

Born in Clamart, a suburb of Paris, Ben Arfa was raised in a footballing family, his father having been a Tunisian international.  He played for a number of junior teams before arriving at Lyon at the age of 15 and broke into the first team by the time he was 17.  A move to Marseille followed, where his pace and creativity attracted the attention of many top clubs from Spain, England and France.  After two seasons on the French Riviera Ben Arfa moved to Newcastle United, initially on loan then permanently a few weeks later.  He joined a team renowned for an attacking style and fitted in well at St James’ Park, but by 2014 he had fallen out of favour due to problems with his form and attitude.

Having played for both Newcastle reserves and Hull City during the early part of 2014/15, Ben Arfa was prevented by UEFA rules from playing for another senior club that season.  He took the career break to travel the world and find fitness, such that when he returned to France and signed for Nice he delivered the best form of his career and scored a goal every two games.  A year later he signed for French super club Paris St Germain where his form again stalled, contributing no League goals during his debut season.

Ben Arfa is an occasional French international who made his senior debut in 2007 after an impressive record at every youth level from under-16 through to under-21.

Details

NationalityFrance
Date/Place of Birth7 March 1987, Clamart (France)
Hull City First Game: 15 September 2014, West Ham United H (Premier League), 27 years, 192 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 November 2014, Manchester United A (Premier League), 27 years, 267 days old

Clubs

Lyon (2004-2008), Marseille (2008-2011), Newcastle United (2011, loan), Newcastle United (2011-2015), Hull City (2014, loan), Nice (2015-2016), Paris St Germain (2016-current)

Hull City Record

Career: 9 apps, 0 goals

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