Puel worked with Ben Arfa at Nice and regards the former Newcastle attacker highly.
L'Equipe is reporting news of a training ground clash between the pair where Emery accused Ben Arfa of being selfish.
It's claimed the coach confronted Ben Arfa and snapped: "You're not Messi. If that were the case, I would not even have to talk to you.
"You're not able to beat teams all by yourself!"