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Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Blues Can't Let Hatem Ben Arfa Sign with Arsenal

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Newcastle player Hatem Ben Arfa in action during the Barclays Premier league match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at Sports Direct Arena on May 6, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJune 21, 2012

Chelsea and Arsenal have been the two most prominent teams in terms of acquisition so far this offseason. If the Blues don't want to see one of their rivals move ahead of them in key acquisitions this summer, they need to find a way to bring Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa to Fulham Road.

According to Mirror Football, Arsenal has emerged as Chelsea's biggest competition to land the 25-year-old Frenchman. This news comes a week after it was reported by The Times that Roman Abramovich was courting Ben Arfa, as per Mirror Football.

Arsenal has already bought former Cologne striker Lukas Podolski and are on the verge of bringing Montpellier's Olivier Giroud to The Emirates.

Ben Arfa would be a great fit with the Gunners. Gervinho is an extremely talented player, but he hasn't been exception for Arsene Wenger's club. Theo Walcott is just as talented as Gervinho, but the 23-year-old midfielder/winger hasn't been the picture of reliability for Arsenal.

That is exactly why the Blues can't let Ben Arfa get away. If he is added to Arsenal's already formidable attacking corps, they will have a hard time getting past the Gunners next season.

Robert Di Matteo needs to ensure Ben Arfa that he would be playing regular minutes with his club, as that is one of the things that could become a deal breaker for the French winger's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have already brought in Eden Hazard from Lille and Marko Marin of Werder Bremen this offseason, but they need just one more player to establish themselves as one of the clear favorites in the English Premier League next season.

Even after winning the Champions League last season, there have been plenty doubts as to whether Chelsea will be able to compete for a league title next season without Didier Drogba.

It shouldn't be so hard for Di Matteo to give Ben Arfa regular minutes next season, as he is adept at multiple positions. Last season with Newcastle, he played seven games at right midfielder, four games at attacking center midfielder and four games at right forward.

Ben Arfa broke his leg in a game against Manchester City on October 3, 2010. He missed almost a full year, but returned to form last September and made a huge impact for Newcastle. He only scored six goals last season, but they all came in the period from December 26 to the end of the season.

He's a supreme talent and would be a great addition to Chelsea's club.

Abramovich and Di Matteo shouldn't believe otherwise and would be wise to scoop him up by any means necessary before Arsenal does.

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