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Yep, he sounds exactly like what we need!

Hatem Ben Arfa has been 'linked' with Pompey recently - and according to sky sport this move away from Marseille is moving ever closer after 'showdown talks' with the French club.

Ben Arfa close to I'OM exit - here.

Ok, casting aside the 'minor details' that the Marseille paid a whopping £11.5m for him around 15-months ago and we cannot sign players anyway WHY would we want to sign a player like him anyway?

Granted, he is a French international but he clearly comes with a lot of baggage...

Talk of 'missed training sessions', 'training ground scuffles', along with the thoughts that he left Lyon after he 'fell out' with Karim Benzema so he felt he could 'no longer play alongside' him as well as 'refusing to come on as a substitute' under former manager Eric Gerets last season sounds exactly like the kind of things we could do without!

Again, putting aside the fact that we clearly could not afford to buy the guy, would we even want to loan him - if we could?

From the sounds of it, I would steer well clear of the 22-year-old as 'harmony' does not 'appear' to be one of his better qualities...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 18 2009

Time: 4:34PM

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I think this is definitely a non-starter. Shame though.
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18/11/2009 19:31:00

He certainly sounds a handful and the last thing we want now is someone coming in with attitude and rocking the boat.
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18/11/2009 19:35:00

we need coverage over the ACoN; i can see a loan happening
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18/11/2009 20:13:00

He will end up going to sevilla in spain,he has stated that,so has his agent,so have Sevilla,its a shame as he is a good player.
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18/11/2009 20:24:00

He's a talent, no doubt about that. If we listened to all of the reports we would have never have signed KPB, so give him a chance. Think he'll go elsewhere though.
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18/11/2009 21:52:00

Sounds like a good candidate for ManC to me. But Whizz is right. KPB has come good for us. Circumstances, I suppose.
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18/11/2009 21:54:00

Maybe its just Marsellie that he doesnt like.
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18/11/2009 22:47:00

Bring him in I say... KBP & Brownie were meant to be no no's but look at the part they are playing for us. If Brownies the captain, get him to take Up and Atem Ben aside and give him a little talking to. Sorted.
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19/11/2009 00:14:00

Yeah I'd be all for it .. and don't forget he's keen to impress ahead of the World Cup.. I'm with Russellm .. I can see a loan arrangement just to get him playing internationally to increase his value and for I'om to move him on
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19/11/2009 07:11:00

if he wants to go to the world cup then he needs games so come to pompey not spuds. he is french right??
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19/11/2009 11:38:00

you cannot doubt his quality, i worry about 'rocking the boat' tho, do we really need that?
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19/11/2009 14:56:00


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