No one in France was happier last night that Rennes’ attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.
While the entire side from Brittany were in a buoyant mood after their French Cup final win over Paris Saint-Germain, it was a victory of special significance for Ben Arfa.
The former Newcastle midfielder moved to Paris back in 2016, but was treated appallingly by the club.
But the 32-year-old has rediscovered his mojo with Rennes and put in a top display last night in the cup final.
Rennes won the game on penalties after PSG youngster Christopher Nkunku’s miss at the sudden-death stage.
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And after the game, PSG’s owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi was in no mood to congratulate Ben Arfa’s achievement in the stands.
Footage shows the Qatari businessman hesitating to accept Ben Arfa’s handshake, while the two then entered into some sort of dialogue.
You can be sure there were not any niceties shared between the pair…
Speaking to reporters after the game, Ben Arfa was quick to criticise those that run PSG.
He told RMC: “One day, like me, Adrien Rabiot will come up against PSG. I have nothing against the club, just those who run it.”
Ben Arfa then decided to have a cheeky dig at Thomas Tuchel’s side once again succumbing to a comeback in a crucial game.
The Frenchman said: “We did a remontada, but PSG are used to that.”
PSG now face yet another huge summer in which they need to try and sign players that can help fix their obvious mentality problem.
While they possess all the talent in the world, their lack of application and discipline in the biggest game is evident and costing them dearly.
But can a summer transfer window remedy such a potent problem running through the squad? It’s hard to see how it can.
Tuchel faces the biggest task of his managerial career so far.