Date: 27th March 2018 at 4:07pm
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Hatem Ben Arfa`s contract at PSG expires in the summer, and he will be leaving the Ligue One side on a free transfer.

The 31 year old has not played a single competitive match this season after being frozen by manager Unai Emery, while he has also had injury problems.

One supporter on Twitter posed the question about a possible return to Tyneside for the Frenchman, and a lively debate ensued:














Verdict:

To say Hatem is an enigma would be an understatement. The man has supreme talent, but he flattered to deceived whilst at the club, and a return at this stage of his career is unlikely to be anymore successful.

The playmaker has certainly matured, but his age and lack of match practice would likely count against him. Not only that, he is likely to be hesitant about returning to England where he has failed before, and Rafa would no doubt find it hard to tame a midfielder who prefers to have a free role.

It was only two years ago when he scored 18 goals for Nice, following his exit from St James` Park, but it would be a huge gamble for the club to take him back for a second time.

 

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