Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Hatem Ben Arfa Isn't a Good Fit for Active Gunners

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2012

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Liverpool player Jay Spearing (r) and Hatem Ben Arfa in action  during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at Sports Direct Arena on April 1, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger has done a terrific job of landing some talent prior to the official start of the transfer window. He must make sure not to go overboard, however, which is why he should steer clear of Hatem Ben Arfa.

Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror reports Arsenal have joined Chelsea in a chase to land the Newcastle United star. He also states the Gunners have a strong case since Ben Arfa wouldn't be a lock for playing time at Stamford Bridge.

While that's certainly true, he's not guaranteed a spot with Arsenal, either. The team has already bolstered the attack since the season ended with the likes of Lukas Podolski. An Olivier Giroud deal is getting close as well, according to ESPN Soccernet.

Add in the fact that Wenger has expressed confidence to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport that superstar striker Robin van Persie will return to Emirates for at least one more season, and the Gunners don't have much room for Ben Arfa (per The Telegraph).

Aside from Van Persie, Podolski and likely Giroud, Arsenal has several English national team players  who will be battling with others to find consistent playing time for next season.

If Ben Arfa, who enjoyed a resurgent season with the Magpies by scoring six goals and adding seven assists, has concerns over playing time, it's hard to believe he would be locked into a spot with Arsenal given the team's sudden attacking depth.

There are also concerns about Ben Arfa's attitude after a report from NDTV Sports that said he offered to get sent home from the French national team after getting subbed out from the team's most recent Euro 2012 match.

He's had problems with managers in the past and the last thing the Gunners need is a distraction. One of the main reasons the team was able to come back and earn a Champions League spot was because of their overall cohesiveness as a unit.

It only takes one bad apple to disrupt that chemistry. Even though he's a talented player, sometimes the risk outweighs the reward.

The other thing that makes Ben Arfa not worth pursuing is Chelsea's involvement. The Gunners don't want to get involved in any type of bidding war with the Blues and end up overpaying. Wenger has to leave himself some flexibility.

Arsenal should already feel good about the progress that's been made looking ahead to next season and there's still plenty of transfer time ahead. Instead of bringing in Ben Arfa, the Gunners should sit back and see how the market develops.

He's not the right fit at Emirates anyway.