In a press conference this Friday, Hatem Ben Arfa gave his opinion on the current situation at OM, which Bordeaux will face on Sunday during the 25th day of Ligue 1. The Girondins attacking midfielder also admitted not having heard of the rivalry between the two clubs.
Hatem Ben Arfa will meet OM this Sunday (9 p.m.) for the poster for the 25th day of Ligue 1. The Girondins de Bordeaux player came to a press conference this Friday, the opportunity to discuss a meeting which promises to be special for him but also for the two clubs.
It has now been more than 43 years since OM did not win on a trip to Bordeaux in the league (1977). But the Bordeaux attacking midfielder does not particularly focus on the weight of the history surrounding the meeting. “For the supporters, it’s a special match. We see it for example on social networks. For us, it is also important to know where we are going to go by the end of the season. In accounting and mentally, this is a match where we will have to respond, said Ben Arfa. But I was not aware of this rivalry, I do not know where it comes from. I knew that there was a derby between Bordeaux and Toulouse. But with OM, I didn’t know it, but I’m getting to know him. The supporters will obviously come and talk to us about it. We must remain focused on our game. “
“OM are not playing well this season”
Returning to France and Ligue 1 after a failed st int in La Liga at Real Valladolid, Hatem Ben Arfa quickly revealed himself as the major offensive asset of the Girondins de Bordeaux. Passed to OM between 2008 and 2011, the French international remains an attentive follower of the Marseille club, which he is preparing to face. “It’s a rather special context today at OM. The coach left on a rather strange event, it is very difficult to live for those at the club and the supporters, commented Ben Arfa. They are not at best. We know that a lot is going on at the club. But even I am skeptical about the departure of Villas-Boas where he criticized a player when he left. An injured animal can be dangerous. come on, I thought it wasn’t a great OM because they weren’t playing well in the game. What is happening right now, you could almost write it down at the start of the season when we were watching the games. “
Currently 10th in Ligue 1, the Girondins de Bordeaux have the opportunity to overtake OM in the standings, 9th. If he is gradually returning to form, Hatem Ben Arfa has not been decisive since his return from an injury, hit in the thigh at the start of the year. Against his former club, “HBA” will certainly want to shine, he who has scored twice this season and delivered four assists.