Monday, March 26, 2012

Ben Arfa - Le Petit Prince back in the picture for the Euro?

This past weekend, Hatem Ben Arfa, once again teased us with his talent. Leading Newcastle to a decisive 3-1 victory where each goal was influence by Le Petit Prince - one goal and 2 assists. Could he make a late surge into the roster for Blanc? Maybe. He would give Les Bleus a creative option that they continue to search for - Gourcuff, Nasri, Martin etc are all looking to stake their claims to the role...all with mixed results, meaning neither one if them has put their stamp on the role. Ben Arfa would add another element - his left boot. Let us see how Ben Arfa plays out the rest of the season for Newcastle. If the Magpies make a late push to get into the top 5 of the Premiership and if Ben Arfa continues his form, it will hard to ignore him for the Euro.

Nasri has not been consistent enough to be given the keys to Les Bleus. Martin remains too green when it comes to the international game. Ben Arfa has been away from the national team for a while, but he has experience at this level and the talent. Gourcuff has not captured his form from a few seasons ago.

I would say Ben Arfa has better than a 50-50 chance of getting on the squad...if his form continues.

4 comments:

philip said...

What does too green mean?

Anonymous said...

Ben Arafa is in good form...but he is moody player..If his mood is ok..then he is like messy other wise he is most wrost player in the world.
hope he will continue his form. I think its time to come for forget the Rebary...
Rebery is in form player in Outside the field...

Thanks

Lekarlokin

GFC said...

@philip - too green = not enough experience. Not sure Martin has the international experience to give him the keys to the midfield.

@lekarlokin - Ribery, if he can translate his form at Bayern to France is a key element to the success they will have this summer. Les Bleus will do well if Ribery and Benzema carry over their club form, otherwise the offense might be wanting.

As for Ben Arfa, I agree he is very moody, but catch him in the right phase and you have a dynamite player.

GFC said...

@philip - too green = not enough experience. Not sure Martin has the international experience to give him the keys to the midfield.

@lekarlokin - Ribery, if he can translate his form at Bayern to France is a key element to the success they will have this summer. Les Bleus will do well if Ribery and Benzema carry over their club form, otherwise the offense might be wanting.

As for Ben Arfa, I agree he is very moody, but catch him in the right phase and you have a dynamite player.

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