PSG’s Ben Arfa set to miss out again

Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has confirmed Hatem Ben Arfa will miss out again when the Ligue 1 champions face Dijon on Tuesday evening.

Ben Arfa has been a controversial figure for most of his career and that has not changed after his return to boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain in the off-season.

Ben Arfa's exclusion from Emery's team for the past two fixtures against Arsenal and Caen has been questioned by the public and media, and the Spaniard has confirmed he will be left out again ahead of Tuesday's clash with Dijon at Parc des Princes.

"I believe in looking at things match after match," Emery said in his pre-match press conference. "I have picked the players to form and prepared what I feel to be the best team to play the game.

"That follows an analysis of our opponents and ourselves. There are no other questions. As I have said before, he is a player like any other. 

"I think that today, the players who are in the squad, are the players who have prepared the best for this match."

Southampton manager Claude Puel, who managed the mercurial talent last season at Nice as he scored 17 league goals playing in a forward role, admits that he won't be effective playing wide on the right side of a 4-3-3 and that he's a player who performs on match-day, not in training.

"I have not seen Hatem in action since he last played for me but he needs a system that suits him better on the pitch for a start," the French tactician told TF1's Telefoot.

"In my opinion, he is a match player and not one for training.

"If he is not playing, then his physical condition can deteriorate too."