With the International break coming just after Ben Arfa signed on for a season long loan on Tyneside, he has had to wait a little bit to play his first game for his new club.
Ben Arfa – so keen to play for Newcastle
Ben Arfa has been pleased with life on Tyneside over the past couple of weeks, and he has been made to feel very much at home by the rest of the Newcastle squad.
Ben Arfa talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“There is a superb atmosphere amongst these players and which I noticed straight away.” “There is a really, really good feeling within the group and the training center.”
“I have been impressed with a lot of the players – they have such great skill and technique.” “I want to get out on the pitch as soon as possible and play for Newcastle.” “I’m dying to get out there and show what I can do.”
“I am desperate to get the shirt on for the first time and get out there in front of the supporters.”
He will almost certainly be on the bench on Saturday, and depending on how the game goes against Blackpool, is likely to get his first appearance for Newcastle.
It looks like the deal struck with Marseilles, is that when he has played 25 times for Newcastle, he signs permanently for the Magpies for about a £5.5M fee.
We have to hope the lad plays well for the club, because his class and creativity seem exactly what the Newcastle team needs right now.
No doubt Chris will know exactly how many times he has played this season, and we suppose if Newcastle decide not to sign him, he’ll play in now more than 24 games.
We hope he plays more than that.