The winger, 23, is in the Toon squad for the first time since sealing his season-long loan from Marseille and cannot wait to get cracking.
He even went on strike in France so he could get his dream move to England.
But Ben Arfa insists he is no bad boy and said: "I see coming to Newcastle as a chance to show the real Hatem. The great thing is I start with a clean slate.
"For me honour and principle are the most important things in life. Perhaps I'm in the wrong business."