Ben Arfa left out of Newcastle Utd’s squad for Arsenal clash

LEFT OUT ... Ben Arfa.
LEFT OUT ... Ben Arfa.

HATEM Ben Arfa has been left out of Newcastle United’s squad for tomorrow night’s game against Arsenal - despite being fit.

The forward trained this morning ahead of the match, but Ben Arfa did not travel to London with his team-mates.

Ben Arfa has recovered the dead leg he suffered against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium earlier this month.

And United manager Alan Pardew had been expected to name the 27-year-old in his squad for the club’s game at the Emirates Stadium.

Ben Arfa’s exclusion raises fresh questions about his future at Newcastle, which has been in doubt for some time.