The Evening Chronicle says harsh words were exchanged between the Toon boss and the French playmaker after the 4-0 hammering against Manchester United.
Ben Arfa was summoned to the technical area for what looked like an explanation to assistant coach John Carver after Man United's third goal from Javier Hernandez after the ex-Lyon and Marseille star trotted back to cover on the left-hand side.
Pardew is then thought to have made his feelings clear in no uncertain terms during his post-game debrief.
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