The winger was frozen out at Newcastle by his now former boss and is delighted to be at a club where "the manager wants me" after joining on a season-long switch
The 27-year-old was out of favour under his former boss, reportedly being forced to train with the reserves after a perceived lack of professionalism, and is now delighted to be considered a key squad member again.
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"The welcome was amazing. I was almost crying. I was shocked to see so many people there at midnight waiting for me. It was great and I thank them."
Ben Arfa said deadline day saw him go from disgruntled Newcastle midfielder to delighted Hull winger in the space of hours, and is confident the Tigers can improve upon last season's showing in the Premier League.
"I'm very much looking forward to the start of a new challenge," he continued. "I'm looking forward to being back on the pitch after two months of only training.
"The manager has made a lot of very good signings. There were many good players already here and then more have arrived this week. There is a very good squad here and I think the team can do something great."