Hatem “Number 26” Ben Arfa

Lee Ryder wrote on the Chronicle site about Ben Arfa been at the Gateshead game on Saturday, and that he had said that he wanted to take in the atmosphere and see a local game.

I received a mms on my phone yesterday evening, to open it and find a picture of a very lush Mercedes ride with plate beginning in, “BA…”. This was sent from my brother and it turns out Hatem came into the bar that they were in yesterday and that my brother’s friend was chatting with him for ages in there. He told us that he’s such a nice guy, genuine, and seems keen to talk to fans and locals, rather than hiding away in a millionaire mansion and forgetting those who sing his name.

Now I remember getting a similar call when Andy Carroll was out in town, and as my brother approached him to speak to him, a ‘heavy’ who was with him was quick to throw my brother in the other way.

I’ve been curious as to the motives of Ben Arfa. Does he want to play in Black ‘n White? Why does he love the place so much?

I always thought that players didn’t really give two flyers about us lot who fork out to go and cheer the Toon along, but Hatem certainly seems to be different.

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