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Shearer can see why Ben Arfa has been left out of Newcastle side

Alan Shearer can see why Alan Pardew has been leaving Hatem Ben Arfa out of the Newcastle United side over the past two weeks.

The French winger is blessed with divine skills but does not have the motivation to track back and help the Magpies defence which has led Pardew to omit him from recent wins over Chelsea and Tottenham.

Club legend Shearer told talkSPORT that he concurs with Pardew's decision to leave Ben Arfa out of the last two league matches.

"I understand why [Ben Arfa was left out] to be honest," Shearer said. "He is not going to give you 100 per cent work-rate and when you go to Tottenham and when you play Chelsea, you understand you are not going to have as much possession as those guys.

"You need 11 guys who are going to work very hard for you and he won't work hard for you. He will give you other things when you are playing lesser teams and he will produce fantastic finishes and passes.

"You say to me great players what is the minimum you should always give, you should never ever praise any player for hard work because it should be a given.

"He doesn't work as hard as others but he's got skills others haven't."

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