Alan Shearer: 'Hatem Ben Arfa left out because of lack of work-rate'

Newcastle players congratulate Hatem Ben Arfa following his goal against Aston Villa on September 14, 2013
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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer feels that Hatem Ben Arfa was left out of the squad lately due to a lack of work-rate.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has said that he understood Alan Pardew's decision to leave out Hatem Ben Arfa for the recent wins over Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

The French winger was omitted from the Magpies side that recorded back-to-back wins against the Blues and Spurs.

Shearer, who is the Premier League's all-time top scorer, said that he could see why the talented Ben Arfa was absent for the games, citing his lack of work-rate as the reason.

"I understand why Ben Arfa was left out to be honest," Shearer told talkSPORT.

"He is not going to give you 100% 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. He doesn't work as hard as others but he's got skills others haven't."

Pardew's side are currently ninth in the Premier League.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew looks on as his side go 2-0 down to Man City on August 19, 2013
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