Ben Arfa remains out in PSG cold


Paris (AFP) – Marquee signing Hatem Ben Arfa’s future at Paris Saint-Germain looks increasingly precarious after coach Unai Emery left him out of the match-day squad for the fourth time in a row.

France international Ben Arfa lit up Ligue 1 with Nice last season after his career stalled during a five-year spell in England.

He made a high-profile switch to PSG in the summer but quickly lost his place both in the team and also in the match-day squad under Spaniard Emery.

He has now been overlooked once more, this time for the trip to Toulouse on Friday night.

The 29-year-old last played on September 9 in a 1-1 draw against Saint Etienne.

He was left out of the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Champions League and then the 6-0 and 3-0 victories in Ligue 1 over Caen and Dijon respectively.

He’s also been quickly forgotten at Nice, where another forward with a troubled past in Italian Mario Balotelli has made a storming start to his career on the Cote d’Azur, scoring four goals in his first two league matches.

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