Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has insisted he is fit to play and does not know why he is being left out of the Magpies team in recent weeks.

Ben Arfa has dropped out of favour with Toon boss Alan Pardew and the pair are said to have had a bust up after the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United as frustrations grew. The Frenchman hasn’t been in any of the last two Newcastle squads, against Swansea and Arsenal.

“I don’t know why I’m not playing,” the 26-year-old told the Daily Mail.

“He doesn’t want me to play. I respect it. If he wants, I will play. I’m here for the club. I enjoy training. I just want to play. I’m fit” said Ben Arfa.

The Frenchman could almost be forgiven for wanting a move away from Tyneside in light of his current situation, but insists he is keen to stay at the club and will not look for a move in the summer.

“If the manager says to me he doesn’t believe in me for next season, I want to stay, but if the chairman wants to sell me I have to go. I want to stay here even if the manager doesn’t believe in me because I will show him I can play here” said Ben Arfa.

The quotes from the former Marseille winger seem encouraging for Newcastle fans and suggest that their man is defiant despite being left out of the team recently. It is rumoured that Pardew made the player train with the reserves last week, pointing to the conclusion that the Frenchman’s time may be up at St James’ Park.

But Ben Arfa remains confident that if he is selected, he could make a difference to Newcastle’s recent form. The Geordies have lost their last six games and are in danger of losing their top ten place in the Premier League.

“We have lost too many times, 3-0, 4-0, 3-0. It is hard when you love the supporters; it is hard to lose every time like that”

“On the pitch I can offer my flair and creativity. I try every time to do something. I think I can give a lot for the club” explained Ben Arfa.

There seems to be no doubt that this spat will only end one way: with either Pardew or Ben Arfa leaving Newcastle United. With Pardew still having six years on his bumper contract it looks likely that Ben Arfa will  be the loser of that battle but fans would almost certainly rather see their manager given his p45.

It’s a shame that Ben Arfa’s situation has came to this point. The Frenchman is undoubtedly one of the most individually talented players to ever pull on the black and white shirt and despite his lack of defensive capabilities, must be in the starting line-up if Newcastle wants to attack teams and win games.

If anyone needed reminding of Ben Arfa’s ridiculous talent, just search the internet for his goals against Blackburn and Bolton two years ago. Newcastle fans would be silly to want to get rid of a player of his ability, as would Pardew.

The Toon boss needs to find a way to incorporate the Frenchman into his formation to get the best out of him, while also covering him defensively. Everyone knows he isn’t going to defend but he’s good enough at going forward to warrant him being a passenger when the opposition have the ball.

It is frustrating that this spat has came at a time when Newcastle are in dire need of some creativity in their team. The lack of goals has been well documented since the departure of Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa is the one player in the Magpies squad that can create something for one of his team mates.

It seems Pardew has rather shot himself in the foot on this one and if Newcastle’s current form continues, he could pay the ultimate price.