Hatem Ben Arfa’s PSG hell reached new lows this week, with the playmaker ‘celebrating’ a year of exile in Paris.
Former Newcastle United and Hull City midfielder, Hatem Ben Arfa has been left to rot off-field since falling out of favour with manager Unai Emery and PSG President Al Khelaifi.
Despite a severe lack of playing time, it would appear that Ben Arfa possesses no remorse for his actions and plans to leave the club in a blaze of glory, despite not playing a single match all season.
The former France international took to Instagram recently to announce he would be leaving the French club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
“Soon the end of my adventure at PSG, despite difficult times. I am happy to have worn the jersey. I will keep wonderful memories with my teammates and through this message I take the opportunity to thank the many supporters. I will like always this club.”
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Bientôt la fin de mon aventure au PSG, malgré des moments difficiles, je suis heureux d'avoir porté ce maillot, je garderai de merveilleux souvenirs avec mes coéquipiers et à travers ce message j'en profite pour remercier les nombreux soutiens .. j aimerai toujours ce club #Psg #icicestparis
He followed this announcement up with a rather bizarre celebration – arguably in an attempt to further annoy both the PSG manager and president – in which he celebrates his one-year exile from the French club.
After spending four years at Newcastle United, and a subsequent brief loan spell at Hull City, Ben Arfa moved to French club Nice in an attempt to revitalise his career. Under Claude Puel, current Leicester City manager, he flourished scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances in the 2015/16 season.
The subsequent dream move to PSG quickly turned into despair for the French man, with his last appearance for the club coming in a 2-1 loss at FC Lorient on March 12, 2017.
Leicester City and numerous MLS clubs have shown interest in ending the Frenchman’s nightmare and it will be interesting to see if the opportunity to work with Puel once more will be enough to take Ben Arfa back to the Premier League.