Ben Arfa set for Marseille exit

Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa – linked with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth in the past – appears destined to leave Ligue 1 after falling out with manager Didier Deschamps.

Ben Arfa was a regular for l’OM last season but has failed to establish a regular run in the side under the former French linchpin.

The 22-year-old has figured in just three league games so far this term and his exit now seems inevitable after a training ground bust-up with the Marseille boss.

It appears Deschamps has now run out of patience with Ben Arfa who has failed to live up to expectations since his €12 million move from rivals Lyon.

“I could help, I can help, but it is he who holds the key,” Deschamps told L’Equipe.

“I know that at any moment he can eliminate four opponents and make a decisive action, but football is not just about that.

“There are also requirements with and without the ball, regularity and repetition.

Ben Arfa failed to report for a training session in October and his latest outburst may finally signal the end of his brief spell at the Stade Velodrome.

“He has talent but he expresses it sparingly," Deschamps added.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was an admirer of the Frenchman’s talents before he opted to join Marseille in the summer of 2008.

And a number of European clubs are now reportedly interested in the youngster including fellow Premier League outfits Spurs and Portsmouth.

Sevilla, Valencia, Stuttgart and French side Lille have also been touted as potential suitors for Ben Arfa’s signature.